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    relative clause

    Hello,

    It is them who want to talk to you.
    It is they who want to talk to you.
    It is them who wants to talk to you.

    It is me who want to talk to you.
    It is I who want to talk to you.
    It is me who wants to talk to you.

    It's me who is tired.
    It's I who is tired.
    It is I who am tired.

    I would like to know which one/ones is/are natural.

    Thanks...
    Last edited by ridvann; 14-Feb-2012 at 02:37.

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    Re: relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Hello,

    It is them who want to talk to you.
    It is they who want to talk to you.
    It is them who wants to talk to you.

    It is me who want to talk to you.
    It is I who want to talk to you.
    It is me who wants to talk to you.

    It's me who is tired.
    It's I who is tired.
    It is I who am tired.

    I would like to know which one/ones is/are natural.

    Thanks...
    Truthfully what sounds natural:
    They are the ones who want to talk to you.
    I am the one who wants to talk to you.
    I am the one who is tired.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: relative clause

    According to me, grammatically, sentence 1-2-5-6-7-9 are Ok, and I just wanted to ask the rest.
    Last edited by ridvann; 14-Feb-2012 at 11:09.

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    Re: relative clause

    If you want to talk about what sound "natural" then "It's them who..." sound terrible to my ears, while oddly, "It's me who... " sounds okay.

    I can never remember the "rule" about "who" -- whether the verb should agree with the third-person-singular "who" or the pronoun, but "who am" sounds terrible even if it is correct (and I'm not sure it is).

    My first response told you what sounds natural.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I can never remember the "rule" about "who" -- whether the verb should agree with the third-person-singular "who" or the pronoun,
    Neither can I, and I have been studying and/or teaching English in one form or another for half a century or more.
    but "who am" sounds terrible even if it is correct (and I'm not sure it is).
    I agree, but I have had discussions with people who have got quite warm in their insistence on 'am'.
    My first response told you what sounds natural.
    . Go for what is natural, not for what some'expert' tells you is 'grammatically correct'.

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