It is not important who he is. = Who he is is not important. Is that right?? That structure 'is' is said twice seem strange to me.

  • Yes, it is correct. You need two 'is'es here. – Jonathan Jun 27 '18 at 23:57

Yes, this is correct.

Regarding the double is:

  • the first is applies to he
  • he second is applies to who he is or his identity

You could replace who he is in this way if it helps you parse the sentence:

His identity is not important

Grammatically, who he is is the subject of the sentence, and the second is is the verb of the sentence.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.