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    Emphasis structure: It should be ...

    Can I say

    It should be I who should thank you?

    It sounds a bit clumsy, but I want to stress 'I want to thank you.'

    THANKS

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    Re: Emphasis structure: It should be ...

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    It doesn't sound very natural to me. There is a more concise way to express this idea:

    - Thank you.
    - No, I should be thanking you.

    Or a bit longer:

    - Thank you.
    - No, I am the one who should be thanking you.

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    Re: Emphasis structure: It should be ...

    Don't worry about structure. Worry about sincerity.

    I hope you know how much I appreciate what you've done.
    I truly appreciate all you did to help me.
    Etc.
    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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    Re: Emphasis structure: It should be ...

    Thanks a lot to you all

    How , then, can I begin with the emphatic structure

    It is I ...... ?

    Of course sincerity comes before everything, but I'm just learning the structure here =)

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    Re: Emphasis structure: It should be ...

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    It is I ...... ?
    Yes, this is possible. You could say 'It is I who should thank you'.

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