What I want to remind you (of) is that ..clause...

jiamajia

Senior Member
Mandarin
What I want to remind you (of) is that Father's Day is this Sunday.

Question: is the 'of' required or does it sound better without? Thank you.
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    I would agree that both sound acceptable, and it sounds better without. It would be logical if it matched the way it worked when it wasn't in a 'what'-cleft. Then 'of' is strictly followed by a noun phrase, not a 'that'-clause:

    I want to remind you of Father's Day.
    I want to remind you of the fact that Father's Day is this Sunday.
    :cross:I want to remind you of that Father's Day is this Sunday.

    So these would be logical:

    What I want to remind you of is Father's Day.
    What I want to remind you of is the fact that Father's Day is this Sunday.
    What I want to remind you is that Father's Day is this Sunday. [no 'of']

    However, in this unusual kind of clause it seems we're not so attuned to what kinds of phrase 'remind' takes.
     
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