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My husband and I were having a debate last night on whether to use the verb "do" or "does" in this sentence:
It is usually you who does that./It is usually you who do that.
The first sounds correct to me, the second sounds correct to my husband. I argued that the verb "does" needs to agree with "it" - he argued that "do" needs to agree with "you". Which is correct and why?
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Hi Nicole, welcome to EnglishForward. Emotion: smile

I think most native speakers would say "It's you who does that", using the verb in the third person. However, if "you" is plural (= you guys, you all), I think you'd hear the plural "It's you who do that".
It's you who does that.
It's you (guys) who do that.


It's a weird thing. I don't know why it's so. Maybe cleft sentences only have verbs in the third person, after the relative pronoun? Maybe. But maybe the verb really agrees with the subject in formal written style. Maybe. Maybe no one knows the truth. Just my opinion.Emotion: smile
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nicolejoyIt is usually you who does that./It is usually you who do that.
Welcome to EF. In Helsinki English both are correct. Both you and who can be both singular and plural. If the reference is to one person:

It's you who does that.

If the reference is to more than one person:

It's you who do that.

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Here "you" refers to second person singular. So the rule says that for second person singular use "do". So the second sentence is correct.

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Quite debatable indeed. One way to look at it would be that it could be an answer to the question, " Who is the one who does that?" In which case the answer could be, "It's you who does that."

He usually does them at home? or

He usually do them at home?

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He usually does them at home? Emotion: yes

He usually do them at home? Emotion: no

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Hello Nicole! I had the same doubt with these sentences -

"I am a person who try to learn from every aspect of life"&

"I am a person who tries to learn from every aspect of life"

But when I checked with various grammar checking tools, both were found correct.