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“I found it a strain having to concentrate for so long.” Why does this sentence use 'having'?

I read below sentence. I found it a strain having to concentrate for so long. I guess this sentence means 'I got pressure that I can't give all my attention for long hours'. My question is why ...
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“I made it my prime objective settling the matter.” - unacceptable extraposition

Just saw this sentence marked as unacceptable in Quirke's Comprehensive Grammar (18.35 Extraposition of a clausal object): *I made it my prime objective settling the matter The full bit: I don't ...
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Does extraposition work in “I made happy my friend who…”?

Can we use extraposition rule in the situations like below? "I made my friend who came here last week happy" Can it be like this? "I made happy my friend who came here last week"
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“As becomes obvious” or “As it becomes obvious”?

An essay of mine has been corrected so that my original sentence: As it becomes obvious, going to the market has not been my favorite thing to do. becomes: As becomes obvious, going to the ...
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'Using a keyboard is better' v 'It's better to use a keyboard': and why IT with the infinitive?

I'm trying to make sense of the rule behind "to use" vs "using" in these specific cases Using a keyboard is better. To use a keyboard is better. It's better to use a keyboard. It's better ...
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“It's only a matter of time until…”

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 ...
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Is this an extraposed subject?

It is even possible I somehow sensed those qualities which I have since discovered to be so significantly a part of her. Does the sentence above have an extraposed subject? If so, which of the ...
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“A rumor circulated [that the queen had eaten her own child]” Is this extraposition?

A rumor began circulating among the people that the queen was an ogress and had eaten her own child. The bold subordinate clause modifies "a rumor", but is this considered extraposition? Normally, ...
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Hemingway's sentence

Here is a sentence from The Old Man and the Sea: It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or ...