I would like to know if it is grammatically correct to ask the question, "Is it today that you are going to town?" My concern is specifically the "Is it" part.


It's perfectly grammatical. It's a typical cleft sentence.

  • Or more technically, a yes/no question formed from an it-cleft sentence. – John Lawler Jul 23 '13 at 0:07
  • @JohnLawler A dichotomous interrogatory it-cleft sentence? – bib Jul 23 '13 at 1:27
  • All clefts are dichotomous; they split a sentence like You are going to town today into two parts, which balance on each side of the fulcrum of cleavage, which is usually some form of be. – John Lawler Jul 23 '13 at 4:16

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