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    What are embedded questions and cleft sentences?

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    An embedded question is a question that is indirect because of some other feature in the sentence:

    I'd like to know where her office is. (Here, 'I'd like to know' embeds the direct question 'where is her office' and it becomes indirect.)

    A cleft sentence is where a sentence is broken up into two clauses:

    Mike did it.
    It was Mike who did it.

    The second is the cleft sentence, where the original single clause sentence has been broken into two.

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