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Is this construction an example of extraposition?

It's only a matter of time until all hell breaks loose

Normally extraposition involves infinitive phrases or that-clauses, but it seems like the clause "until all hell breaks loose" is an extraposed subject. In other words, "Until all hell breaks loose is just a matter of time."

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  • No, it's not extraposition it. It's a temporal Dummy it subject, as in It's Valentine's day, It's Valentine's Day in only a month, It's only a month to/till Valentine's Day, It's only a matter of time until X happens. – John Lawler Feb 27 '17 at 17:59
  • But "a matter of time" isn't an event nor a time period. It's a subject that concerns time. – William Feb 27 '17 at 18:03
  • Neither is a month. A matter of time is an idiom for inevitable. – John Lawler Feb 27 '17 at 18:04
  • Tangent: is "temporal dummy" really the term for the role played by it above? And in general, in clauses such as "it's hard to figure out the name for this role", "it remains to be seen whether we will find the answer"? I'm not seeing the term used that way in a quick search. – Paul Brinkley Feb 27 '17 at 18:45
  • Does the original statement means something like this? "The question is not whether all hell will break loose; the question is only the amount of time before all hell breaks loose." – Chaim Feb 27 '17 at 19:51

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