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    I would like to know the meaning of "who" in the "who are in want of food" in the next writing.
    If "who" is yourself, "yourself are in want of food" is correct?

    A WOLF saw a Goat feeding at the summit of a steep precipice, where he had no chance of reaching her. He called to her and earnestly begged her to come lower down, lest she fall by some mishap; and he added that the meadows lay where he was standing, and that the herbage was most tender. She replied, "No, my friend, it is not for the pasture that you invite me, but for yourself, who are in want of food."

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    Re: who

    Yes, WHO here is the wolf. 'YOU are in the want of food.'

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    Re: who

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the meaning of "who" in the "who are in want of food" in the next writing.
    If "who" is yourself, "yourself are in want of food" is correct?

    A WOLF saw a Goat feeding at the summit of a steep precipice, where he had no chance of reaching her. He called to her and earnestly begged her to come lower down, lest she fall by some mishap; and he added that the meadows lay where he was standing, and that the herbage was most tender. She replied, "No, my friend, it is not for the pasture that you invite me, but for yourself, who are in want of food."
    That translation of Aesop's Fables was published in 1867
    I reckon at that time it was correct English.
    Here you have a modern English translation 2002 - link

    Cheers

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    Re: who

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    If "who" is yourself, "yourself are in want of food" is correct?
    Because who refers back to yourself, a 2nd singular pronoun, it takes the 2nd singular verb are:


    "No, my friend, it is not for the pasture that you invite me, but for [e.g., you,] yourself, who are in want of food."

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