Cleft Sentences - Grammar

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Tales_fromThe_ViennaWoods

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Argentinian and European Spanish
Hi everyone,

I'm writing an email to X and want to include the idea that Y gave me his (X's) email address. Here's what I wrote:

I know X from.... and it was he the one who gave me your email address. (= X being he)

So the question arises: is the bit in bold ok? Or should I write something like '... and it was he/him who gave me...'?
Just for you to know, the register is semi-formal.

Thank you in advance for any help.
Tales
 
  • Tales_fromThe_ViennaWoods

    Senior Member
    Argentinian and European Spanish
    Thank you for your prompt reply, Rover_KE. I have, however, heard a friend of mine (British) including 'the one' within the cleft sentence. Can't remember exactly what he said but it was something like 'it was the teacher the one who/that...'
    Is that possible too?
     

    Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    Thank you for your prompt reply, Rover_KE. I have, however, heard a friend of mine (British) including 'the one' within the cleft sentence.
    You can say "...and it was he who..." or "...and he was the one who...", but not "it was he the one who...".

    Can't remember exactly what he said but it was something like 'it was the teacher the one who/that...'
    Is that possible too?
    That structure would work in Spanish, but not in English.
     
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