Reply to "cleft sentences"

Freeguy posted:

Yes.

I mean can we say it's kind of a cleft sentence?

Yes, Freeguy, the sentence in your second post may be interpreted as a pseudo-cleft sentence. In the free relative clause "what I can add at the end," "what" is functioning as the direct object of "add."

There is an equation with the subject complement of the main clause: "the role of our parents' morals, values, and principles in our lives." Therefore the sentence you presented:

(1) What I can add at the end is the role of our parents’ morals, values, and principles in our lives. 

may be interpreted as deriving from (2):

(2) I can add [the role of our parents' morals, values, and principles in our lives] at the end.

which can also be phrased like this:

(2') I can add at the end the role of our parents' morals, values, and principles in our lives.

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