Cleft sentence or "it" refers to something?

wind-sky-wind

Senior Member
Japanese
Hi, everyone!
I'd like to ask about the following sentence.

It was a sentiment — with some notable cautions — that echoed across political and ethnic boundaries.

This is from:
Royal Engagement Seen as Symbol of Change, With Asterisks

Is this a cleft sentence?
Or, "it" refers to "such a sentence" or the expression “Such a sentence could simply not have been written a generation ago”?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • wind-sky-wind

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    Thanks a lot, SwissPete!
    This question was asked in a Japanese site, and I answered as you did, ha-ha.
    And I searched and found the article I showed.

    Please look at the article.

    Royal Engagement Seen as Symbol of Change, With Asterisks

    “A divorced, mixed-race, Hollywood actress who attended a Roman Catholic school is to marry the son of the next king,” began the lead editorial on Tuesday in The Daily Telegraph, a conservative newspaper. “Such a sentence could simply not have been written a generation ago.”
     
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