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?


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

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  • Spot on, thanks. Knew the answer but just wanted to add something to the community and didn't know where to start. – Hanky Panky Jan 13 '14 at 7:54
  • @Hanky웃Panky You can start on English Language Learners take a look. – Kris Jan 13 '14 at 8:01
  • Oops, I didn't mean to imply that I was learning English. I'm a native speaker. – Hanky Panky Jan 13 '14 at 8:04
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    Well so please do not ask questions because you have to ask a question! – Gurpreet K Sekhon Jan 13 '14 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 McHitarian Mar 27 '15 at 11:00

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