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do you say "it's us who have to apologize" or "it's us who has to apologize" ?
In the singular I know I would say "It's I who have to apologize" and "It's me who has to apologize" but what about the plural pronouns?
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However, "It's me who has to apologize" must be correct as I read it not ten days ago in a British magazine. If you say "It's I who have to apologize" similarly you should say "it's we who have to apologize", shouldn't you? The plural after "us" would be natural, then why did Nick Hornby, a famous English novelist, use the third person singular in his novel "How To Be Good"? That's what set me thinking. Anyhow, I'll await further comments.
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Guest:Answer in 2 parts:
Many native English speakers don't get this part right: The verb 'to be' always takes the first person - I (not me) and we (not us), so your sentence would start "It's we..."
Because there is more than one of us that should be apologising the sentence would be "It's we who have to apologise". The singular should be "It's I who have to apologise" but you will hear people say "It's I who has to apologise", which based on my logic above, shouldn't be right, but because 'has' means "is obliged to" in this context, it seems to work.
Hope that helps.
My way of thinking about this one would be that we use the nominative case ('I', 'he', etc.) when the subordinate clause refers to its subject (sorry, I don't know how to say this in grammatically correct terms), as in 'It is I who have to apologize', and we use the causative case ('me', 'him', etc.) when the subordinate clause refers to its object, as in 'It is her you should take with you.'
Collins English Dictionary says:
Although the nominative case is traditionally required after the verb 'to be', even careful speakers say 'it is me' (or him, her, etc.) rather than 'it is I' in informal contexts.
I am fairly certain that lots of native speakers use the pronouns "me, us, them" in this kind of sentence in colloquy. My question was and still remains, singular or plural.
I know I would say "it's me who has to pay the bills" and "it's I who have to pay the bills",
I would use the former orally and the latter in writing. What about the plural pronouns (object forms)? "It's they who have to pay.." and "it's them who have/has to.."
Thank you for your time.
Anonymous:It's we who have to apologize.
Anonymous:It's I who has to apologize; and it's we who have to apologize.
Explanation: "It is a singular noun, therefore "It's" is correct even when "we" is the predicate nominative because the verb agrees with the subject, not the P.N. Next "who has" is correct because even though you would say "I have," the verb "has" follows who, which is singular in the first clause. Finally, "we who have" follows the same rule: the antecedent for "who" is the plural "we."
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