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    Wink a sentence

    Hi every body,
    Would you please help me with this sentence .i wanna know whether it is correct or not?
    it is not me who make(s) mistakes ,it is the others who makes it .
    if it is wrong please tell me the correct form.

    All the best,

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    Hi, 1364,
    I think
    It is not me who makes mistakes,it is the others who make them.
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    (Some people would query the pronoun in the first clause, but not me! )

    Note that in 1364's original sentence, 'the others' refers to a known group; there are 5 people, including 1364 - in that case, 'the others' = 'the other four'. If you mean 'It's not me who makes mistakes - it's other people [in general]' then that (or some paraphrase) is what you need to say.

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    Wink Re: a sentence

    Thanks for your reply:

    would you please explain more about it ... specially the (S) after make in (it is not me who makes ...

    again thanks a bounch

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    but i think the first and original sentence is correct by itself and needs no revise.

    the others refers to ONE GROUP so the verb should be used like what you yourself said in your question.

    hope it helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1364 View Post
    Thanks for your reply:
    would you please explain more about it ... specially the (S) after make in (it is not me who makes ...
    again thanks a bounch
    Grammar isn't my strong point, but I'll try. Other teachers , feel free to chip in.

    The base sentence is I do not make [no S] mistakes. . As I hinted in my reply to Humble, some grammarians would prefer your original sentence to have 'I' in it. This could give a sentence that lacks the emphasis you want - though you could do it just with stress:I do not make mistakes. .

    Another way to introduce the stress would be to say I am not the one that makes mistakes. . Alternatively, you could say 'it is not pronoun'.

    This is where it gets tricky! Some teachers (and people persuaded by them) insist on using a subject pronoun here, and use an appropriate verb ending -?'It is not I that make mistakes'; this syntax is still used, but usually in very formal contexts.

    Other people regard the phrase 'it is me' as natural and perfectly acceptable, and continue the sentence on the basis that the subject is the impersonal 'it' (as in 'it is raining); 'it' is a third person singular pronoun, and requires the S in the verb ending: 'It is not me that makes mistakes...'.

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