‘It is easy for people to…’
English uses ‘it’ in sentences where it has no meaning. This is known as the dummy or empty or introductory ‘it’.
Some well-known expressions are:
– It‘s raining.
– It‘s a pity that you can’t come to the party.
– It makes me angry when people drive fast.
– It‘s important to edit your writing.
– I would appreciate it if you could help.
– It’s easy to make a mistake.
We also need this dummy ‘it’ in sentences like:
– It’s difficult for people to learn Chinese.
1. *’People are difficult to understand Chinese.’* [People are not difficult. IT is difficult].
2. *’Is difficult to understand Chinese.’ [Spanish speakers]