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    You/yourself considered singular/plural?

    Hi,

    As I understand it, the subject "you" is always considered plural, so one should say "you are" instead of "you is".

    1) What I am not sure is when we have a sentence in the form of: " ... you yourself is/are ... ", should we use "is" or "are"?

    2) Also, in the following sentence, should we use "say" or "says"? : "You are the one who say/says it"

    Thanks,

    Hendrik

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackiz View Post
    Hi,

    As I understand it, the subject "you" is always considered plural, so one should say "you are" instead of "you is".

    1) What I am not sure is when we have a sentence in the form of: " ... you yourself is/are ... ", should we use "is" or "are"?

    2) Also, in the following sentence, should we use "say" or "says"? : "You are the one who say/says it"

    Thanks,

    Hendrik
    As for #1 - you yourself + are or any other plural verb form.
    As for #2 - informal, ...the one who says it.; formal, ...the one who say it.


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    Re: You/yourself considered singular/plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by slackiz View Post
    Hi,

    As I understand it, the subject "you" is always considered plural, so one should say "you are" instead of "you is".
    No it isn't. "You" is also the singular second person pronoun.
    Conjugation for singular personal pronouns:
    I am
    You are
    He/She/It is.

    You say "you are" because that's the second person singular form of the verb to be, not because you is plural.

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    Re: You/yourself considered singular/plural?

    Thanks for the replies.

    If I may ask for clarification on #2, engee30. Is the formal form the grammatically correct one? And by informal, do you mean that it is what people generally use in daily conversation?

    Thanks,

    Hendrik

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    Smile Re: You/yourself considered singular/plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by slackiz View Post
    Thanks for the replies.

    If I may ask for clarification on #2, engee30. Is the formal form the grammatically correct one?
    If it weren't correct, it would never be formal, slackiz.

    Quote Originally Posted by slackiz View Post
    And by informal, do you mean that it is what people generally use in daily conversation?

    Thanks,

    Hendrik
    Spot-on, mate. That's what you would most like expect people to say in everyday speech.

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