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    Default Which one is grammatically correct ?

    Hullo dear friends!

    Which one is grammatically correct ? And if all were incorrect, how would I express the meaning in plain English?

    1-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes do you!
    2-It's you who beautifies the clothes, not the clothes do you!
    3-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes beautify you!

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Which one is grammatically correct ?

    Tricky one this!

    beautify: add beauty to.

    you beautify
    he (who) beautifies

    1-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes which beautify (they beautify) you!
    *2-It's you who beautifies the clothes, not the clothes which beautify you! Not good: you beautify, not 'Who beautifies?' nor '*you beautifies' The relative pronoun 'who' represents 'you', second person singular or plural. Cf Who is this damsel, who beautifies my house so?
    3-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes that beautify you!

    If you put on a pirate accent, I suppose you could say: "You beautifies them there clothes baay-u-ti-fully, darlin'" Best not in an ESL exam though!

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    Default Re: Which one is grammatically correct ?

    Interesting.

    Who beautifies my house is you.
    Who beautify my house is you.

    It is you who beautify...
    It is you who beautifies... (no go for some prescriptive grammarian)

    It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes do you!
    ? 2-It's you who beautifies the clothes, not the clothes do you!
    It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes beautify you!

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    Default Re: Which one is grammatically correct ?

    Yeah, if you want to wax poetic, use 'do'.

    How about this: I come down to the kitchen late at night, and catch you:

    Ha! So it's you (you're the one) who eats all my popcorn! The bit in brackets elided.

    That would indicate, that 2) above was at least permissible. Strange!

    I wouldn't say: Ha! So it's you (you're the one) who eat all my popcorn!

    With the reservation that (you're the one) is elided, 2) must be ok.

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    Default Re: Which one is grammatically correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Shakespeare View Post
    Hullo dear friends!


    Which one is grammatically correct ? And if all were incorrect, how would I express the meaning in plain English?

    1-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes do you!
    2-It's you who beautifies the clothes, not the clothes do you!
    3-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes beautify you!

    Thanks


    NOT A TEACHER

    It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes, you!

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