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Can't seem to figure this one out:

Of course, it is more difficult to analyze those signs if you yourself is/are stressed beyond belief.

Both seem to sound wrong (or maybe I'm overworking). Removing yourself solves it; yet I'd like to still keep the emphasis. As far as I'm concerned, the double pronoun is perfectly fine to use, and also is present in different languages: German "Sie selbst"; Russian "вы сами"; Latvian "jūs paši"; etc.

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  • I choose "are".
    – GEdgar
    Mar 4, 2015 at 16:30

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It's are.

You goes with are and the emphatic yourself (or yourselves if plural) doesn't change that.

Of course, it is more difficult to analyze those signs if you yourself are stressed beyond belief.

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    +1 I might add a clarification, such as ... you (both singular and plural) goes with are ...
    – bib
    Mar 4, 2015 at 17:03
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I think I would propose an alternative: have been.

Of course, it is more difficult to analyze those signs if you yourself have been stressed beyond belief.

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  • Why? The present seems much more natural and logical than the perfect here … Mar 4, 2015 at 19:04
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You can also switch the word order.

Of course, it is more difficult to analyze those signs if you are yourself stressed beyond belief.

Of course, it is more difficult to analyze those signs if you are stressed beyond belief yourself.

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