I got stuck while writing this in a post

"It is you who does not want ...."

While the third person 'it' takes 'does not', when I reveal that it is 'you', should I use 'don't'?

In my final version, it's 'does not'.

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    A related question: "Is “It is you who are mistaken!” correct?" Dec 7, 2015 at 9:03
  • Possible duplicate of "It was me" or "It was I" Dec 7, 2015 at 9:38
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    Duplicate? Strange! @DamkerngT. Do you see this question duplicate with confusion for the subject/object for pronoun 'me' and 'I'?
    – Maulik V
    Dec 7, 2015 at 9:45
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    @CopperKettle yes. that is quite informative. It answered me. Thanks.
    – Maulik V
    Dec 7, 2015 at 9:55
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    @MaulikV Have you checked my reference? -- In any case, I chose to vote to close this question because I remembered that the stock phrase of the message would be "Possible duplicate of ...". Note the word "Possible". So, this is just my opinion, and I respect other users who may or may not agree with me. Dec 7, 2015 at 9:58

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The dominant subject here is the pronoun "who." Third person. To complicate matters even further, consider this (a notch more natural sounding than your example):

Are you the one who does not wish to ...

Pretty cool, isn't it?

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    +1, but I think you should have been more specific: "third person", singular although it is obvious in this case. What if it were: all of you who...? Dec 7, 2015 at 10:23
  • You said 'third person'. So, it means "It is you who don't want.." is incorrect? The top rated answer here is something else.
    – Maulik V
    Dec 7, 2015 at 10:25

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