Dear Grammar Exchange members,
I'm currently wondering if the as-clauses in manner use can be placed in a focus position of a it-cleft sentence. Take (1) as an example.
Question: How did Mary played the piano?
The answer: It was as Bob (did) that she played the piano.
I think that the most appropriate answer is like "She played the piano just as Bob did" (although I am not a native English speaker). However, I was wondering if you could tell me whether the answer in (1) is possible or not.
I am really sorry to bother you all, but I look forward to hearing from you.