[Grammar] reduction in cleft sentences (relative clauses)

adrenalinman

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Can we use a reduction form in cleft sentences? If we can, can you also say if we can use a reduction for all tenses like we use in Relative Clauses?

It was I who got the money in your pocket
Can we say 'It was I getting the money in your pocket'?

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Can we use a reduction form in cleft sentences? If we can, can you also say if we can use a reduction for all tenses like we use in Relative Clauses?

What is "a reduction form in cleft sentences"?

It was I who got the money in your pocket

Do you mean "It was I who put the money in your pocket"?

Can we say 'It was I getting the money in your pocket'?

No.
 

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adrenalinman, make sure to end every sentence with a punctuation mark.
 

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It was I who got the money from your pocket
Can we say 'It was I getting the money from your pocket'?

Don't we call this kind of sentences 'cleft sentences'? If no, what do we call them? It was I who ...

What is "a reduction form in cleft sentences"?



Do you mean "It was I who put the money in your pocket"?



No.
 

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It was I who got the money from your pocket
Can we say 'It was I getting the money from your pocket'?

Don't we call this kind of sentences 'cleft sentences'? If no, what do we call them? It was I who ...


Yes, you can call them 'cleft'. I didn't know what you meant by "reduction form". My advice is to avoid trying to reduce cleft sentences. I can't think of a reason ever to do so.
 
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