cleft sentence with -ing

qay

Senior Member
German
I know that cleft sentences take the infintive in the second clause and I know that they take the progressive when the forst clause is progressive.

e.g. What I really want is to visit Rome.
What they are doing is visiting Rome.

But what about this case:

We really love going on holiday to Thailand.

Which one is correct?

What we love is to go on holiday...
What we love is going on holiday...
What we love doing is going on holiday...

Any other option that could work? I tend to use the 1st one.
 
  • qay

    Senior Member
    German
    Thanks for the links but I have not really found what I was looking for.

    What we love to do is go on holiday... - is TO DO required here or does it work without?

    What exactly do you mean with IDIOMATIC? Grammatically they would work, wouldn't they?
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    You can say
    What we love to do is (to) go on holiday.*:tick:
    What we love doing is going on holiday.:tick:
    What we love is going on holiday.:tick:


    Your preferred version
    What we love is to go on holiday.:thumbsdown:
    isn't wrong, but it does sound slightly odd.

    ....
    *I much prefer the version without (to).
     
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