Posted by: a2cristina | February 11, 2016

Cleft sentences (Part 1)



Work in pairs.


Christopher Columbus discovered America in the XVI century. (XV Century)

It was not in the XVI century that Columbus discovered America. It was in the XV century (that Columbus discovered America).



  1. Cervantes wrote Romeo and Juliet. (Shakespeare)
  2. Marconi discovered radium. (Marie Curie)
  3. J. Lo released the song Hello last year. (Adele)
  4. Mozart composed The Ninth Symphony. (Beethoven)
  5. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was offered £66m contract by FCB. (Real Madrid)
  6. Angelina Jolie is married to Orlando Bloom. (Brad Pitt)
  7. Hemingway wrote The Young Man and the Sea. (The Old Man and the Sea)
  8. Gwyneth Paltrow plays the main role in Pretty Woman. (Julia Roberts)
  9. Tony Blair was Prime Minister in 2015. (David Cameron)
  10. Frank Sinatra sang  Bohemian Rhaspsody. (Freddy Mercury).
  11. Leonardo di Caprio has been nominated as best actor for his role in Bridge of Spies. (The Revenant)
  12. Velázquez painted The Last Supper. (Leonardo da Vinci)
  13. President Kennedy was assassinated in Houston in 1963. (Dallas)
  14. James Cook discovered Brazil. (Australia).
  15. Hugh Laurie was born in the United States. (England)
  16. Nicole Kidman played the role of Miranda Priestley in The Devil wears Prada.. (Meryl Streep)
  17. Marconi invented the telephone. (Graham Bell)
  18. Hitler defeated Napoleon at Trafalgar. (Nelson)
  19. John Lennon was assassinated in Liverpool in 1980. (New York)
  20. Las Meninas  can be seen at the National gallery in London. (The Prado Museum)
  21. Dilma Rousseff is chancellor of Germany. (Angela Merkel / President of Brazil)
  22. Eddie Redmayne plays the leading role in the film Joy. (The Danish Girl)
  23. Harry Potter and the cursed child will open at the theatre in London in summer 2017. (2016)
  24. The next Olympics will take place in Argentina. (Brazil)




  1. Beethoven composed Bolero. (Ravel)
  2. Donald Trump aims to be the Democrat candidate for the U.S. Presidency. (Republican)
  3. George Clooney stars in Alice in Wonderland. (Johnny Depp)
  4. Benazir Butho was assassinated in Afghanistan in December 2007. (Pakistan)
  5. The Rosetta Stone can be seen at the Archaeological Museum in Madrid. (British Museum)
  6. There were terrorist attacks at the Bataclan Concert Hall in Paris in December 2015. (November 2015)
  7. Amundsen was the first man to climb Mount Everest. (Edmund Hillary)
  8. Hernán Cortés conquered Canada. (Mexico)
  9. Napoleon invaded England in the year 1066. (William the Conqueror)
  10. Nicolás Maduro is President of Argentina. (Venezuela)
  11. A concert of the works of the Strauss family takes place every year on the 1st of January in Salzburg. (Vienna)
  12. You can visit the Leaning Tower in Naples. (Pisa)
  13. Stephen King wrote The Da Vinci Code. ( Dan Brown)
  14. Shakespeare was born in London. (Stratford-Upon-Avon)
  15. King Fernando VII abdicated on 15th February 1941. (Alfonso XIII)
  16. The Spanish Armada was defeated under the reign of Queen Victoria. (Elizabeth I))
  17. Louis Armstrong was the first man to ever set foot on the Moon. (Neil Armstrong)
  18. A volcano destroyed Nepal last year. (An earthquake)
  19. Mario Vargas Llosa attended the Goya Ceremony accompanied by Belén Esteban. (Isabel Preysler)
  20. Einstein invented the light bulb. (Edison)
  21. Pope Francis was born in Uruguay. (Argentina)
  22. Stieg Larsson wrote The Shadow of the Wind in 2001. (Carlos Ruiz Zafón)
  23. Marc Gasol will not be able to play for a few months due to a broken arm. (Broken foot)
  24. A terrorist attack killed tens of people at the Bataclan Concert Hall in December 2015. (November)



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