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    Help me with it???????????????

    Okay, here is the sentecnes.

    "You're one of those friends of mine who KEEP / KEEPS in touch with me"

    Should I write "KEEP" or "KEEPS"? As far as I remember, I was taught that it would always be KEEP when referring to many. But since I'm pointing at the ONE out of many, should I not write KEEPS?

    Please give reasons as to why I should / should not write the word KEEP.

    Another case: -

    "I'm the LORD your God who takes care of ........."

    See, in this case, "TAKES" has been used when God is referring to Himself.

    Why TAKES?? Why not TAKE?? Give reasons...


    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Help me with it???????????????

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm still learning View Post
    Okay, here is the sentecnes.

    "You're one of those friends of mine who KEEP / KEEPS in touch with me"

    Should I write "KEEP" or "KEEPS"? As far as I remember, I was taught that it would always be KEEP when referring to many. But since I'm pointing at the ONE out of many, should I not write KEEPS?

    Please give reasons as to why I should / should not write the word KEEP.

    Another case: -

    "I'm the LORD your God who takes care of ........."

    See, in this case, "TAKES" has been used when God is referring to Himself.

    Why TAKES?? Why not TAKE?? Give reasons...


    Thanks in advance
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning.

    (1) You have asked a wonderful question that also confuses native

    speakers.

    (2) In your first sentence, ask these questions:

    (a) You are one of what?

    (b) Those friends (of mine).

    (c) What kind of friends (of mine)?

    (d) Those friendS WHO KEEP. ...

    (3) But look:

    You are the only one of my friends who ___ in touch.

    (a) Erase "of my friends" from your mind.

    (b) You are the only ONE WHO KEEPS in touch.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: Help me with it???????????????

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm still learning View Post
    Okay, here is the sentecnes.

    "You're one of those friends of mine who KEEP / KEEPS in touch with me"

    Should I write "KEEP" or "KEEPS"? As far as I remember, I was taught that it would always be KEEP when referring to many. But since I'm pointing at the ONE out of many, should I not write KEEPS?

    Please give reasons as to why I should / should not write the word KEEP.

    Your reasoning is correct. You are referring to one friend, therefore that one (he/she/it - 3rd person singular) = keeps.

    Another case: -

    "I'm the LORD your God who takes care of ........."

    See, in this case, "TAKES" has been used when God is referring to Himself.

    Why TAKES?? Why not TAKE?? Give reasons...

    If you add in the (unspoken) words in this sentence, you get "I'm the lord, your God who is the person who takes care of......" The person (he/she/it - 3rd person singular) = takes.

    Thanks in advance
    Basically, when you are using a verb after the word "who" in this kind of construction, all singular forms take the 3rd person singular form:

    I am the person who keeps you safe.
    I am the one who keeps you safe.
    He is the guy who works the hardest.
    You (sing) are the person who likes me the most.

    All plural forms take the plural form of the verb:

    We are the people who keep you safe.
    We are the ones who keep you safe.
    They are the guys who work the hardest.
    You (plural) are the people who like me the most.

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    Re: Help me with it???????????????

    You're one of [those friends of mine who keep in touch with me.]

    The head of the antecedent of 'who' is 'friends' with which 'who' covertly agrees in number and person. 'who' assigns its relevant features to the verb 'keep', which is "manifested" in the attached zero suffix of 'keep'.

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    Re: Help me with it???????????????

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Basically, when you are using a verb after the word "who" in this kind of construction, all singular forms take the 3rd person singular form:

    I am the person who keeps you safe.
    I am the one who keeps you safe.
    He is the guy who works the hardest.
    You (sing) are the person who likes me the most.
    I am [the person who keeps you safe]
    I am [the one who keeps...]
    guy who works

    In all these example sentences, the verb is governed not by 'I' but by the (pro)noun that immediatelly precedes the verb.

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    Re: Help me with it???????????????

    Yes, my underlining may have confused the issue. I was trying to make the point that despite the fact that it is "I", the relevant part is "who" followed by the 3rd person singular of the verb.

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