Definition of cleft sentence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


cleft sentence

BrE BrE//ˌkleft ˈsentəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkleft ˈsentəns//
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a sentence that begins with ‘it’ or ‘that’ and has a following clause, for example, ‘it is you that I love’, or ‘that is my mother you’re insulting’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cleft sentence