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noun [countable] linguistics cleft sentence pronunciation in British English
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singularcleft sentence
pluralcleft sentences
  1. a way of emphasizing a word or words by re-ordering the information in a sentence. A cleft sentence consists of impersonal ‘it’, the verb ‘be’, the important word or words, and a clause. For example the sentences ‘It is the answers that matter’ and ‘It was the money he wanted’ are cleft sentences. The non-emphatic alternatives would be ‘The answers matter’ and ‘He wanted the money’.


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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