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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,
Makhmal

Answer
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.

So:

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

OR

What is important to me is to see my friends.

are both correct.

Hope that helps!

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