Which of the following is correct?

  • Were that you who did that?
  • Was that you who did that?

Obviously one has to use were with you, but which one goes here in this case?


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The subject of the main clause is that, singular. It follows that the verb has to be was, also singular.

  • Spot on, thanks. Knew the answer but just wanted to add something to the community and didn't know where to start. Jan 13, 2014 at 7:54
  • @Hanky웃Panky You can start on English Language Learners take a look.
    – Kris
    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:01
  • Oops, I didn't mean to imply that I was learning English. I'm a native speaker. Jan 13, 2014 at 8:04
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    Well so please do not ask questions because you have to ask a question! Jan 13, 2014 at 9:44
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    This question has actually helped me to make sure I was wrong writing to my friend "that were you" and feeling it was not right but having no reference online. So, good question, good answer ;)
    – Arman
    Mar 27, 2015 at 11:00

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