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Are the following sentences emphatic sentence or relative clause? Why? What's the difference?

It is the factory that you visited last week.

It is Tom who/that I saw yesterday.

Thanks for your englightenment.

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The sentences are not relative clauses. A clause is a part of a sentence which could form a sentence in its own right. That is it contains, at least, a subject and a verb (although the subject may be implied).

The sentences, however, both contain and are examples of the use of relative clauses joined to the main clause by the subordinating conjunction that. The relative clauses are "you visited last week" (which qualifies the factory) and "I saw yesterday" (which qualifies Tom).

  • Why aren't they emphatic sentences? – cuixiaomei Sep 30 '16 at 11:29
  • I had to look up 'emphatic sentences', it's not a term I recognise. Internet searches did not return much apart from the 'it is' form like this. In this case I would say that the given sentences are both emphatic sentences which include relative clauses. – BoldBen Sep 30 '16 at 13:55

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