General Writing and Grammar Help/cleft


Dear sir
I have a question about "cleft structure". Is this statement a correct cleft:
"What is important to me is that..."
I mean can I use what + to be clause + is ?
Best Regards,

Hi Makhmal!

Sorry for such a late reply to such a simple question.

Both structures are correct!  You could start the cleft with a relative pronoun (that, how, why, when, etc.) followed by a complete sentence, or you could start it with the preposition "to" and follow it up with a verb and possibly an object.


What is important to me is that you come to my party.


What is important to me is to see my friends.

are both correct.

Hope that helps!

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