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  1. Key Member
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    #1

    What Karli does is she helps bring

    Hello everybody!

    I don't understand why the uderlined sentence below was written as it was.

    “What Karli does is she helps bring to life an issue that a lot of people think of as a grown-up issue, and don’t understand the impact on young children,” Sherrie Westin, president of social impact and philanthropy of the Sesame Workshop, told TODAY.

    Shouldn't it be written: “What Karli does is help bring to life an issue that a lot of people think of as a grown-up issue, and don’t understand the impact on young children,” Sherrie Westin, president of social impact and philanthropy of the Sesame Workshop, told TODAY.

    What is your opinion?

    "What Karli does is help ......" is another way of using the "what" cleft sentences.

    The source: https://www.simplemost.com/sesame-st...mpaign=sidebar

  2. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #2

    Re: What Karli does is she helps bring

    I would use What Karli does is help too.

  3. jutfrank's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: What Karli does is she helps bring

    I can see how it seems odd to you, but it's a kind of cleft that's actually pretty common in casual speech.

    It's not something that I'd teach a learner to use, however.

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