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And again, this is why it’s so important to listen to your internal whisper. It’s the same one that compelled Abraham Lincoln and Oskar Schindler to make the correct moral choices.

(From:https://singjupost.com/steven-spielberg-speech-at-harvard-commencement-2016-full-transcript/2/)

Is "It's ...that..." here a cleft sentence ?

Or is "it" just a pronoun refering to "your internal whisper" ?

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Robby zhu posted:

And again, this is why it’s so important to listen to your internal whisper. It’s the same one that compelled Abraham Lincoln and Oskar Schindler to make the correct moral choices.

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Is "It's ...that..." here a cleft sentence ?

Or is "it" just a pronoun refering to "your internal whisper" ?

Hi, Robby zhu,

In your sentence, "it" is a pronoun that refers to "your internal whisper," and "that" introduces a relative clause, where "that" functions as the subject.

However, I understand your confusion, because a cleft sentence would be similarly constructed. What makes the sentence above a normal sentence is the presence of "it" and especially "the same one," in reference to the "internal whisper" mentioned in the previous sentence. This would be a cleft sentence:

- It is their internal whisper that compelled Abraham Lincoln and Oskar Schindler to make the correct moral choices. (Emphatic for: Their internal whisper compelled Abraham Lincoln and Oskar Schindler to make the correct moral choices.)

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