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    cleft sentences

    Hi teachers,Stella writes novels.following are the cleft sentences that I could make, please tell if these are wrong, and why.1. What she (stella) does is to write novels2. What she does is writes novels.Thanks.

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    Re: cleft sentences

    What you constructed is a pseudo-cleft sentence and not a cleft sentence.

    What he does is write novels.
    What he did is write novels.
    What he did is wrote novels.
    What he does is writes novels.

    You need the bare infinitive form of "write", which is "write".

    Clefts are these:

    It is novels that he writes.
    It is novels that he wrote.
    It is novels that he write.

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