Is it acceptable to rewrite the folowing sentence in 'it-cleft'?

  1. The workers haven't had a holiday for ages.
  2. It is for ages that the workers haven't had a holiday.

No, you can't write it as you did in number 2. If you want to write the sentence with "it", then I would adjust it to something like this:

It has been ages since the workers have had a holiday.

  • It's OK, but that isn't a cleft, since it since it does not contain a relative clause. – BillJ Jun 26 '18 at 19:19

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