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    which sentence is wrong?

    It is me who won the first prize last year.
    It is I who won the first prize last year.

    thank you in advance

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    Re: which sentence is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by malmo View Post
    It is me who won the first prize last year.
    It is I who won the first prize last year.

    thank you in advance
    Grammatically speaking and taking purism into consideration, I state that the correct sentence is the second one.

    Who won the first prize last year?
    I won the first prize last year.
    It is I who won the first prize last year
    .

    Compare this:
    Who(m) did you beat in the competition last week?
    I beat Marcus/him in the competition last week.
    It was Marcus/him (NOT he) that I beat in the competition last week
    .

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    Re: which sentence is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Grammatically speaking and taking purism into consideration, I state that the correct sentence is the second one.

    Who won the first prize last year?
    I won the first prize last year.
    It is I who won the first prize last year.

    Compare this:
    Who(m) did you beat in the competition last week?
    I beat Marcus/him in the competition last week.
    It was Marcus/him (NOT he) that I beat in the competition last week.
    I completely agree with you here (and I like you explanation) although I bet there ate many natives who say
    it is me who won the prize last year.

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    Re: which sentence is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    I completely agree with you here (and I like you explanation) although I bet there ate many natives who say
    it is me who won the prize last year.
    Yes, but my question is whether it is okay to use a past form of the verb in the who-clause and a present form of the verb to be in the main clause?

    It is I who won...
    or
    It was I who won...

    (I'm talking about the parallelism between the tenses used).

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    Re: which sentence is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Yes, but my question is whether it is okay to use a past form of the verb in the who-clause and a present form of the verb to be in the main clause?

    It is I who won...
    or
    It was I who won...

    (I'm talking about the parallelism between the tenses used).
    Let us picture such a situation, shall we?
    You invited a girl to the party one week ago. Now we are walking outside in the park and we are bumping into her accidentally. I do not know her so you want to introduce her to me, right.

    "it is the girl I invited......"

    I would not considered you wrong if you said
    "it was the girl I invited...."
    Both forms seem correct

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    Unhappy Re: which sentence is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Both forms seem correct
    You may be right, but a few years ago I was asked a question of the same kind by one of my pupils and couldn't answer it. It so happens that ever since I have not been able to give an answer to the question myself. That pupil had been told by his teacher that it was wrong to use two different tenses in this type of sentence.

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    Re: which sentence is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    You may be right, but a few years ago I was asked a question of the same kind by one of my pupils and couldn't answer it. It so happens that ever since I have not been able to give an answer to the question myself. That pupil had been told by his teacher that it was wrong to use two different tenses in this type of sentence.
    In this specific example the past tense we use telling the story has to be consistent as all the events happened in the past
    "It was the last time that I had to go there as the doctor took out the stitches".

    it is not always the case though. we are bumping into the girl in the present so you say it is the girl....who you invited ti the party in the past.

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    Re: which sentence is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post

    "it is the girl I invited......"

    I would not considered you wrong if you said
    "it was the girl I invited...."
    Funny thing, but it was only a moment ago that I realized that your sentence is a sentence of different type to the sentence in question.

    It is the girl (who/whom/that) I invited to the party last week. (identification through relative clause)
    It was the girl who/that I invited to the party last week. (and not the boy, for example) = I invited the girl, not the boy, to the party last week. (defining through cleft sentence)

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    Re: which sentence is wrong?

    I'd still opt for
    "It was me who won the prize ...last year"

    just gut feeling I suppose
    Last edited by beascarpetta; 24-Mar-2008 at 13:10.

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    Thumbs up Re: which sentence is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    In this specific example the past tense we use telling the story has to be consistent as all the events happened in the past
    "It was the last time that I had to go there as the doctor took out the stitches".

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