In this sentence, "It's difficult being an architect", is "being an architect" a gerund phrase and, if so, is it the subject?


It's difficult being an architect.

Here, being an architect is a Gerund-Participle clause. The subject of the sentence is it, and being an architect is an Extraposed Subject.

being an architect is not a phrase, it's a clause. It has it's own verb, object and an implicit subject.

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The it here is a dummy pronoun and is, therefore, (debatable) the subject of the sentence.

You can argue that it refers to "being an architect".

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