cleft sentence

UK / US noun [countable]
Word forms "cleft sentence":
singular cleft sentence plural cleft sentences linguistics
a sentence that starts with a pronoun such as "it" or "that" and the verb "to be" in order to emphasize the next word, which is followed by another clause, for example "It's you I wanted to talk to." or "That's my seat you're in."

English dictionary. 2014.

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