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    Cleft sentence

    Can we omit the relative pronoun 'that' in a cleft sentence when the focus is an adverbial of time? E.g. It was not until yesterday (that) I realized he was lying me?
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    Re: Cleft sentence

    I would not omit "that" in the context you describe.
    Note also that you need "to" after "lying" in your example sentence.

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