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    #1

    relative pronouns and subject-verb agreement?

    Is it true that the third person singular shouldn't be used it the modified pronoun is the first-person singular or the second-person?

    So it should be "It is I who am sad."
    and "It is you who are happy.".

    But would any native speakers say it like this? :

    "It's me who's sad."
    "It's you who's happy."

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    Re: relative pronouns and subject-verb agreement?

    I think both of them are correct; one is formal while the other is less formal, but I'm not sure which one:)

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    Re: relative pronouns and subject-verb agreement?

    'It's me who's sad' is common, probably more common than 'I who am', which is formal.

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