Student or Learner
It is every week that he comes to see me.
It is almost every week that he comes to see me.
It was until 11.00 that I worked.
I know about 'It was not until...' But do you native speakers use cleft sentences for 'every day' , 'until...' etc?
Thank you in advance.
It was not until 11.00 that I stopped working. = I stopped working at 11.00.
You can say the following:
It was only after 11.00 that I stopped working. = It was after 11.00 when I stopped working.
It is only on Saturdays that he comes to see me. = Saturday is when he comes to see me. = He comes to see me Saturday/ on Saturdays.
Note that these constructions are used when you are talking to someone who believes otherwise:
A: Didn't he see you on Monday?
B: No. It's only on Saturdays that he comes to see me.
A: Did you stop working at 10.00?
B: No, It was only after 11.00 that I stopped working. The sentences are expressed this way to emphasise the first part, which differs from what is supposed by the hearer. In most cases, you would simply say: He comes to see me on Saturdays. If there is no previous context suggesting otherwise, a cleft sentence often sounds strange, and is never really needed in conversation.
In literature, or in longer sentences, the following is possible:
It was a on dark and windy night that the stranger came knocking at the door. = It was a dark and windy night when the stranger came knocking at the door. This is merely for poetic effect.
Others might have a different opinion. Your sentences are not grammatically wrong, just strange.