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    'I who am ...'

    In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo puts this idea in the mouth of a character: “You want to die, I want that too, I who am speaking to you, but I don’t want to feel the ghosts of women wringing their hands around me….Suicide is restricted…As soon as it touches those next to you the name of suicide is murder.”

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    Would it be grammatical and meaningful if I write I am who speaking to you, please? I remember I have seen the same structure where an adverb splits the pronoun and the verb to be. Later on, I hope I can post a thread contains that structure. Thanks.

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    Re: 'I who am ...'

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Would it be grammatical and meaningful if I write I am who speaking to you, please? I remember I have seen the same structure where an adverb splits the pronoun and the verb to be. Later on, I hope I can post a thread contains that structure. Thanks.
    No, "I am who speaking to you" is not correct.

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    Re: 'I who am ...'

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Would it be grammatical and meaningful if I write I am who speaking to you, please?
    No
    I remember I have seen the same structure where an adverb splits the pronoun and the verb to be. Later on, I hope I can post a thread contains that structure. Thanks.
    You may be thinking of something like this:

    A: I want to know who I am speaking to. [i.e. What is your name/official position?]
    B: I am who you are speaking to.

    Incidentally 'who' is not an adverb. An adverb can come between a subject and BE:

    C: Are you in trouble?
    B: I probably am.

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