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    It is me who needs/need to apologize

    Hello,

    I need to apologize.
    It is I who need/needs to apologize.
    It is me who needs/need to apologize.

    In both 2 and 3, "I" is replaced by "it is me" and "it is I".
    What I am confused about is that whether I should use "needs" or "need" because they both replace "I,"so it should be "need" but "me' in this is quiet confusing.


    Thanks for taking time to view my post.

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    Re: It is me who needs/need to apologize

    I think most native Anglophones would be just as confused. I'd avoid the problem by using a non-conjugating verb: It's I (or "me") who should apologize. Your English teacher might consider "it's me" incorrect, but there's no real justification for that position.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 02-Mar-2016 at 18:56. Reason: Add emphasis
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: It is me who needs/need to apologize

    Or "I am the one who should apologize."
    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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