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    you who has/have

    It is you who has/have eaten all the food.

    Should I use 'has' or 'have'?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: you who has/have

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    It is you who has/have eaten all the food.

    Should I use 'has' or 'have'?

    Thanks in advance.
    It depends on whether you are talking to one person or to a group of people.

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    Re: you who has/have

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It depends on whether you are talking to one person or to a group of people.
    Thanks, Bhaisahab.

    It is you who has eaten all the food. (one person)

    It is you who have eaten all the food. (more than one person)

    Am I right to conclude that the above are what I need to write?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: you who has/have

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Bhaisahab.

    It is you who has eaten all the food. (one person)

    It is you who have eaten all the food. (more than one person)

    Am I right to conclude that the above are what I need to write?

    Many thanks.
    Yes, that's right.

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    Re: you who has/have

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It depends on whether you are talking to one person or to a group of people.
    Sorry, but I have to disagree violently!
    There are no circumstances under which it would ever be grammatical to say

    *you who has

    any more than there would ever be to say

    *you has

    The pronoun 'you', irrespective of the number of people to whom it refers, takes one, and only one, verb form in the present tense, to wit the uninflected base form of the verb. Thus

    It is you who have...

    is the only possibility.

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    Re: you who has/have

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Sorry, but I have to disagree violently!
    There are no circumstances under which it would ever be grammatical to say

    *you who has

    any more than there would ever be to say

    *you has

    The pronoun 'you', irrespective of the number of people to whom it refers, takes one, and only one, verb form in the present tense, to wit the uninflected base form of the verb. Thus

    It is you who have...

    is the only possibility.
    This is indeed a tricky sentence but I have to agree with Mr. Bhaisahab. The phrases in question here are "who has" (a single person) and "who have" (a group of people.) What comes before them is quite irrelevant.

    It is Henry who has eaten the food.
    It is those two boys who have eaten the food.
    It is you (singular) who has eaten the food.
    It is you (plural) who have eaten the food.

    Or so it seems to me.

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    Re: you who has/have

    I agree with singular 'has'.

    I would instinctively say: It's you that's eaten all the food! Certainly not: It's you that've eaten all the food. So, I guess the same applies if you use 'who' rather than 'that'.

    [Note, I'm making no claims to grammatical correctness here. But that's normal AusE.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    There are no circumstances under which it would ever be grammatical to say

    *you who has

    any more than there would ever be to say

    *you has

    But, as kfredson notes, the presence of "who" is not irrelevant.

    To you who has the winning number, I say congratulations.
    To (the rest of) you who have nothing but a worthless piece of paper, I say better luck next time.
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    Re: you who has/have

    who = you --> have

    Philo, our master, is dead right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    The phrases in question here are "who has" (a single person) and "who have" (a group of people.)
    Relative pronouns in English govern, and have always governed, the verb according to their antecedent. A first-person antecedent requires a first-person verb, a second-person antecedent a second-person verb, and so forth.
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