relative clause


If the antecedent of a relative clause is the personal pronoun "you", say, for example, second person singular, should the verb in the relative clause be singular or plural?  For example:


Jason, this award is presented to you, who loves debate.  (or "... love debate"?)

such expressions are avoided.

Rahul GuptaMar 19 '12 at 14:03

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'You' is a pronoun that is always preceded by a verb conjugated in its plural form, whether singular or plural. Note that in your example, 'Jason' is the antecedent to the pronoun 'you' and not otherwise. An antecedent is a word or phrase which a pronoun refers back to. Keeping aside the above correction, 'loves' is the right conjugation that matches 'you'. We can't say, for instance 'you is'.

link comment answered Mar 29 '12 at 21:01 Perpetua New member

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