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    Cleft sentence usage of "to buy"

    Dear teachers,

    I'm pondering about a cleft-sentence...and the usage of "to buy".

    Usually you say: to buy sb. sth. or to buy sth. for sb.

    The example is:

    Henry bought his parents a new car in London.

    So I can say:
    -> It was Henry who bought his parents a car in London.
    -> It was Henry who bought a car for his parents.


    But what am I to do here?

    -> It was a new car that Henry bought (for) his parents in London.
    -> It was his parents that Henry bought a car (for)

    Do I have to insert "for" here? Or is it also possible to leave it out?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Mar-2016 at 15:09. Reason: Added missing letter to one word

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    #2

    Re: Cleft sentence usage of "to buy"

    It's optional in the first and required in the second.
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    Re: Cleft sentence usage of "to buy"

    Thank you for your quick reply, Roman55!

    Is "for" also optional in the following construction:

    What he bought (for) his parents was a house in London. ?

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    Re: Cleft sentence usage of "to buy"

    Yes, "for" is optional there.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Cleft sentence usage of "to buy"

    Note that you're not "pondering about" a question. You are simply "pondering". You can say "I am wondering about something".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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