+0
Hi, evryone

My grammar book says if we want to emphasize any part of a sentence, we can use "It is ...that". For example:

I saw Mary in the park last night. If I want to emphasize "when", I can say "It was last night that I saw Mary in the park."

My grammar book says we cannot use this sentence pattern to emphasize "verbs" and "adjectives", but it can be used to emphasize "adverbs".

So here my question: If we can use this way to emphasize "adverbs" in a sentence (just like the example I mentioned above), just as my book says, then how about this one?

She smiled happily at me in the party. If I want to emphasize "how", can I say "It was happily that she smiled at me in the party."?

I think this sentence is strange, but I'm sure if it's incorrect, because I followed exactly the way my book had taught me and made this sentence. So could you give some opinion about this? Is that correct or incorrect? Thank you very much![A]
+0
>I think this sentence is strange

I think you're right.
+0
Hi Viceidol

First of all, you need to say "at the party".

Theoretically, you could say "It was happily that she smiled at me", but it sounds quite poetic. You're more likely to find a construction such as this:
"It was with great happiness that she (did something)."
Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
Comments  

She smiled happily at me in the party. If I want to emphasize "how", can I say "It was happily that she smiled at me in the party."?
Yes, you followed the formula correctly. You can apply that formula pretty much indiscriminately without making any grammatical mistakes, but there has to be a good reason for emphasizing a particular sentence element. And for that, you need context. So the time may come when you need a sentence like that, but viewed as an isolated sentence, it doesn't seem likely that such a need would occur within most ordinary conversations.

CJ
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
Thank you, Yankee and CalifJim. You have completely cleared my doubt.Emotion: smile