- Definition : A sentence which has been divided into two parts, each containing a verb, to emphasise a specific piece of information
- Example: To emphasise "David" in David came to see me, the sentence is divided into two clauses : It was David who came to see me.
- There are two types of cleft sentence :
b) using a wh- clause as subject or object - eg I need a rest becomes A rest is what I need
or What I need is a rest. This second type is sometimes called a pseudo-cleft sentence.