I have always said “Wasn’t it you who _______”; it feels the most natural. However, you use “were” or “are” with “you. Shouldn’t it then be “Weren’t it you”?

  • I think this topic is related to past subjunctive sentences. I think you may like reading about past subjunctives. – Cardinal Aug 26 '16 at 14:31

We say "Wasn't it you" and not "Weren't it you" because the subject of the sentence is actually it, not you. Think about how you would make the corresponding statement to this question: It was you who _____

It in this case is the actual grammatical subject of the sentence, not "you". It here is an anticipatory "it", which functions as kind of a dummy pronoun. You could also say "You were the one who ____" but "It was you who ____" is a way of emphasizing the fact.

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    "were it not for my father, I wouldn't go to the university" I think this question has something to do with past subjunctive sentences, too. Or maybe I am wrong – Cardinal Aug 26 '16 at 15:27
  • @Cardinal - That's a good point. In that case I think it is something to do with the subjunctive, but it's a great counterexample. – stangdon Aug 26 '16 at 15:44

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