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    Is it grammatically right to say "which one is you" instead of "which one are you"?

    If I'm shown a photo of my friend and another person, should I say "which one is you" or "which one are you"? Thank you very much for your help.

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    Re: Is it grammatically right to say "which one is you" instead of "which one are you

    Quote Originally Posted by lillicanthink View Post
    If I'm shown a photo of my friend and another person, should I say "which one is you" or "which one are you"? Thank you very much for your help.
    Which person in the picture is you?
    Which one is you?

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    Re: Is it grammatically right to say "which one is you" instead of "which one are you

    Quote Originally Posted by lillicanthink View Post
    If I'm shown a photo of my friend and another person, should I say "which one is you" or "which one are you"? Thank you very much for your help.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Lillicanthink.

    (1) Several months ago, we had a similar thread.

    (2) If you type these words in the search box, you may find it.

    (3) I think that many of us agreed on the following:

    (a) If you are THINKING of "which person," then you would say something like:

    Excuse me. Which one (of these persons) IS you.

    That is: Please tell me which one IS you.

    (b) If you are THINKING of "you," then you would say something like:

    Excuse me. Which one (of these persons) ARE you? (I'm having a terrible time finding YOU).

    That is: Please tell which one you ARE.

    (4) Although English is my only language, I also find this confusing. The answers I have given you were given to me by a very experienced ESL teacher.

    Have a nice day!


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    Re: Is it grammatically right to say "which one is you" instead of "which one are you

    Hi TheParser!

    Thank you very much indeed for your kind help. Your elaborate explanation gave me a clear understanding of the problem. Actually, the word “thankyou” is far from enough for me to express my gratitude, for I’ve been puzzled by the issue for a long time, during which I consulted many people, both online and offline, but no one provided me as clear an answer as yours.

    Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Enjoy your day!

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