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    vcolts is offline Member
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    It is when + that

    Ex. It is when he is talking about his immediate and extended family that he comes closest to taking responsibility for “doing” rather than letting things happen.

    Q. I would like to understand the grammatical construction of the sentence. The that clause is tied to "it is"? Much like "It is so obvious that he didn't put time into it"?

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    Re: It is when + that

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    Ex. It is when he is talking about his immediate and extended family that he comes closest to taking responsibility for “doing” rather than letting things happen.

    Q. I would like to understand the grammatical construction of the sentence. The that clause is tied to "it is"? Much like "It is so obvious that he didn't put time into it"?
    This type of construction is known as a CLEFT SENTENCE, whose purpose is to place emphasis on the main clause complement (here the time in question).

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    Re: It is when + that

    So don't use it unless you have a reason to (to add emphasis, say). A lot of people just use it automatically, for the dubious fun of adding syntax and complexity and verbiage.

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