Student or Learner
If I'm shown a photo of my friend and another person, should I say "which one is you" or "which one are you"? Thank you very much for your help.
Good morning, Lillicanthink.
(1) Several months ago, we had a similar thread.
(2) If you type these words in the search box, you may find it.
(3) I think that many of us agreed on the following:
(a) If you are THINKING of "which person," then you would say something like:
Excuse me. Which one (of these persons) IS you.
That is: Please tell me which one IS you.
(b) If you are THINKING of "you," then you would say something like:
Excuse me. Which one (of these persons) ARE you? (I'm having a terrible time finding YOU).
That is: Please tell which one you ARE.
(4) Although English is my only language, I also find this confusing. The answers I have given you were given to me by a very experienced ESL teacher.
Have a nice day!
Thank you very much indeed for your kind help. Your elaborate explanation gave me a clear understanding of the problem. Actually, the word “thankyou” is far from enough for me to express my gratitude, for I’ve been puzzled by the issue for a long time, during which I consulted many people, both online and offline, but no one provided me as clear an answer as yours.
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Enjoy your day!