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    I think it is you

    Hello
    Could anybody please take a look at this if it is OK?



    1. I think it is you who (singer) make the song is so well rated


    thanks

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    #2

    Re: I think it is you

    "I think it is you, the singer, who makes the song so well rated."

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    #3

    Re: I think it is you

    I would hyphenate "well-rated".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I think it is you

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would hyphenate "well-rated".
    I considered that, but thought that if I put 'well-rated', someone would almost certainly suggest that they'd leave the hyphen out.
    The hyphen is fine. I'd certainly use one in a construction like "a well-muscled man" to avoid the suggestion that the man was both well and muscled. That is, in an attributive position, the hyphen would be necessary. In a predicative adjective, as here, there's no ambiguity.
    Last edited by Raymott; 12-Jul-2014 at 02:09.

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    #5

    Re: I think it is you

    I would not use the hyphen when the phrase is a predicate adjective. Most style guides I have read discourage that.

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    #6

    Re: I think it is you

    bulging, I hope you now appreciate why your four sentences needed separate threads and why I insisted on it.

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    #7

    Re: I think it is you

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Bulging:

    For easier analysis, I have simplified your sentence.

    In English grammar, sometimes there is more than one way to analyze a sentence.

    1. It is you who make the song so popular.
    2. It is you who makes the song so popular.

    According to my books, the historically correct sentence is #2. That is: Who makes the song so popular + is + you.

    But my books remind me that nowdays many people prefer #1. They analyze "who" as a relative pronoun modifying the word "you." And we would, as you know, say "You make the song so popular."

    *****

    I do not know which sentence is preferred by most speakers here in the United States, but I prefer #1.




    James

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    Re: I think it is you

    Do you really have book citations that recommend #1?

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    #9

    Re: I think it is you

    My message was not published in the format that I had typed it.

    I will try again later.

    The short answer to MikeNewYork's question is YES.

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    #10

    Re: I think it is you

    MikeNework would love to see them, if they refer to the singular "you", as in this case.

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