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    Thumbs down Wh-cleft clauses

    I'm reading about What clauses and I don't understand why these sentences are written as follows:

    "What you don't understand is he's happy enough as he is."
    Couldnt I say "What you don't understand is THAT he's happy enough as he is"? If not, why?

    "What you need to do is find something to occupy your time."
    Couldn't I say "What you need to do is TO find something to occupy your time"? If not, why?

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Wh-cleft clauses

    Yes, to both. Those changes would be fine and not change the meaning at all.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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