‘What you see is what you get.’ (CLEFT CLAUSE)

The English Grammar Profile C1 point 10 in the category of FOCUS is defined as:

‘What’ + noun or pronoun + verb phrase as subject + ‘be’, for focus.


Note that Pearson lists this point:

A search in iWeb for:

What _P _V  _VB

1 WHAT IT WOULD BE 11350

2 WHAT I ‘VE BEEN 10792

3 WHAT I THINK IS 9480

What I think is important, though,

is to move beyond these large-brained mammals and give these guys more credit,

these simple animals,

these insects that we tend to think of as very, very simple with tiny little brains.

4 WHAT I HAVE BEEN 9136

5 WHAT I THOUGHT WAS 7699
6 WHAT I MEAN IS 7340
7 WHAT YOU SEE IS 6947

8 WHAT YOU SHOULD BE 6853

9 WHAT I DO IS 6787
10 WHAT I DID WAS 6199


 

What _P _V * _VB

1 WHAT IT MEANS TO BE 26358
2 WHAT IT TAKES TO BE 8759
3 WHAT IT USED TO BE 5346

4 WHAT WE DO KNOW IS 4362

5 WHAT IT IS TO BE 4270

6 WHAT YOU CAN DO IS 3819
7 WHAT I ‘M SAYING IS 3799
8 WHAT I DO KNOW IS 3416

9 WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE 3337

10 WHAT I AM SAYING IS 3250

11 WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE 2806

12 WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS 2730

 

 

A pre-modified example in a long phrase linked to more context:

 

The scope of what we can do is vast,

but it can start with making sure our local corporate websites are fully bilingual,

providing English training to our staff, and offering bilingual services to our local customers.

 

An example as an object with more context:

Here’s what he had to sayThus I am an elitist if what is meant and understood is that I recognize there are differences in individual talent and capacity.”