[Grammar] Which one is grammatically correct ?

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Hullo dear friends!

Which one is grammatically correct ? And if all were incorrect, how would I express the meaning in plain English?

1- It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes do you!
2- It's you who beautifies the clothes, not the clothes do you!
3- It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes beautify you!

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Tricky one this!

beautify: add beauty to.

you beautify
he (who) beautifies

1-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes which beautify (they beautify) you!
*2-It's you who beautifies the clothes, not the clothes which beautify you! Not good: you beautify, not 'Who beautifies?' nor '*you beautifies' The relative pronoun 'who' represents 'you', second person singular or plural. Cf Who is this damsel, who beautifies my house so?
3-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes that beautify you!

If you put on a pirate accent, I suppose you could say: "You beautifies them there clothes baay-u-ti-fully, darlin'" Best not in an ESL exam though!
 

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Who beautifies my house is you. :tick:
Who beautify my house is you. :cross:

It is you who beautify... :tick:
It is you who beautifies... (no go for some prescriptive grammarian)

It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes do you! :tick:
? 2-It's you who beautifies the clothes, not the clothes do you!
It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes beautify you! :tick:
 

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Yeah, if you want to wax poetic, use 'do'.

How about this: I come down to the kitchen late at night, and catch you:

Ha! So it's you (you're the one) who eats all my popcorn! The bit in brackets elided.

That would indicate, that 2) above was at least permissible. Strange!

I wouldn't say: Ha! So it's you (you're the one) who eat all my popcorn!

With the reservation that (you're the one) is elided, 2) must be ok.
 

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Hullo dear friends!


Which one is grammatically correct ? And if all were incorrect, how would I express the meaning in plain English?

1-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes do you!
2-It's you who beautifies the clothes, not the clothes do you!
3-It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes beautify you!

Thanks

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It's you who beautify the clothes, not the clothes, you!
 
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