He is just like me who hate/hates learning.

Hate should agree with who in the relative clause right? But who is me. Can it agree with the objective noun?

  • @P.E.Dant isn't the singular form for hate is hates?? – user178049 Oct 10 '16 at 21:43
  • @P.E.Dant Ohh, me is the first person! Thanks a lot – user178049 Oct 10 '16 at 21:48
  • Now...I believe your first choice was correct. "Who" is the subject of the clause "who hates learning," so "hates" is correct. I'm well in the weeds on this one, I'm afraid. So: He is just like me who hates learning. I'll delete my eariler comments to prevent confusion. – P. E. Dant Oct 10 '16 at 21:56
  • Native speaker logic: If I change it to "It is I who hates learning," then "hates" sounds much better than "hate" to my ear. – Kevin Oct 10 '16 at 22:56
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Either way, this is wrong - people do not use "like me who" after a copula. Searching for "is like me who" in Google yields zero results.

You can find "like me who" after nouns, as in

  • A person like me who likes parties
  • People like me who go to bed early

... often with a comma separating the "who" clause.

As you can see, in this quite common pattern, the verb agrees with the initial noun, and not necessarily with "me".


It should just be:

"He is just like me, he hates learning."

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    A better answer would include a clear explanation. :) – shin Oct 15 '16 at 14:22
  • Please edit to include an explanation of why this is correct; answers without explanation do not teach the patterns of the language well. – ColleenV parted ways Oct 15 '16 at 21:36

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