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    kurtkei Guest

    Default It is I who ....It is you who...

    Dear All,

    1)?It is *I* who *makes* you cry.
    2) It is *I* who *make* you cry.
    3) It is *me* who *makes* you cry.
    4) It is *me* who *make* you cry.
    5) It is *you* who *makes* me cry.
    6) It is *you* who *make* me cry.

    Which of the above are grammatically correct or, though incorrect
    are informally acceptable?

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    Default Re: It is I who ....It is you who...

    1) It is *I* who *makes* you cry. :D
    2) It is *I* who *make* you cry. :(
    3) It is *me* who *makes* you cry. :D Informal
    4) It is *me* who *make* you cry. :(
    5) It is *you* who *makes* me cry. :D
    6) It is *you* who *make* me cry. :D (if "you" is plural i.e., people; :( if "you" is singular)

    Note, It is I (formal); It is me (informal). Since "is" functions as a linking verb, the words on either side of "is" should be equal, like this,

    Subject = Subject
    It (subject) is I (subject). OK, formal
    It (subject) is me (object). Not OK, formal; OK, informal

    Note also,

    It is I who makes you cry.
    ==> The word 'who' represents a singular pronoun "I", so the verb agrees in singular number with "I".

    Compare that with,

    It is you (people) who make me cry.
    ==> he word "who" refers to a plural pronoun "you (people)" and so agrees in plural number with the verb "make".

    Plural: It is you (people) who make me cry. :D
    Singular: It is you who makes me cry. :D

    6) is ambiguous. You can argue either way: singular "you who makes" or plural "you (people) who make".

    All the best, :D

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