Cleft sentence ?

stenka25

Senior Member
South Korea, Han-gul
In the below sentence, the sentence represented by red letters look a bit curious?
I can't figure out exactly what it means.

Would you be willing to help make some signs and stand on major intersections? It is just like voting for any other cause. It is not that expensive and big signs made by you will do the trick.


[To me, it a cleft sentence, like

Expensive and big signs made by you will do not the trick.

It is not that expensive and big signs made by you will do the trick.]

But I haven't seen any cleft sentence that only emphasizes 'not.'

Give me help.


 
  • It is not a cleft sentence. It is two independent clauses joined by a conjunction and very much in need of a comma. Thus:

    It is not that expensive, and big signs made by you will do the trick.

    In this sentence, "that" is a synonym for "very"; in fact, it is a shortened form of "all that." "It is not all that expensive, and ..."

    However, "big signs made by you" is awkward. "Big, homemade signs" would be more natural. Furthermore, the second clause is probably meant to be an explanation of why it isn't very expensive (because you can make your own signs to save cost). In that case, a colon or semi-colon would work in lieu of '..., and ..."

    It is not that expensive: Homemade signs will do the trick.
     
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