Definition of cleft sentence in English:

cleft sentence

Syllabification: cleft sen·tence


  • A sentence in which an element is emphasized by being put in a separate clause with the use of an empty introductory word such as it or that, e.g., it’s money we want; it was today that I saw him; that was the King you were talking to.
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    • The first clause of a cleft sentence consists of It, a form of the verb be, and the focused item.
    • They weren't necessarily treating the construction itself as a cleft sentence.
    • Two explanations have been proposed for the formation of the Japanese cleft sentence.

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