Reply to "cleft sentences"

Freeguy posted:
- One of the first steps to learn about other cultures is to accept that there are many different cultures that exist other than our own culture.

Is it a kind of cleft sentence?

Hi, Freeguy,

No, it isn't a cleft sentence; it's a subject + subject-complement construction, and the main verb is "is."

The sentence is arguably inverted. I'd say that it begins with the subject complement. In other words, the basic sentence is this:

(1a) To accept that there are many different cultures that exist other than our own culture is one of the first steps to learn about other cultures.

Or, more naturally:

(1b) Accepting that there are many different cultures that exist other than our own is one of the first steps to learning about other cultures.

Here is one way you could convert that sentence into a cleft sentence:

(2) It is accepting that there are many different cultures that exist other than our own that is one of the first steps to learning about other cultures.

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