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'''You''' is the [[2nd person]] [[singular]] and [[plural]] [[subject]] and [[object]] [[pronoun]] in English.
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'''You''' ([[strong form]]: /ju:/ [[weak form]]: /jə/) is the [[2nd person]] [[singular]] and [[plural]] [[subject]] and [[object]] [[pronoun]] in English.
  
 
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Students may default to the "I" response even when the "you" response would be more appropriate.  An alternative to the generic you is the pronoun "[[one]]", but this is generally employed only in [[formal]] language.
 
Students may default to the "I" response even when the "you" response would be more appropriate.  An alternative to the generic you is the pronoun "[[one]]", but this is generally employed only in [[formal]] language.
  
Because English has lost [[t-v distinction]], this means [[non-standard]] plurals "yous" or "you guys" or "y'all" are often used, particularly in informal speech.
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Because English has lost [[t-v distinction]], this means [[non-standard]] plurals "yous" or "you guys" or "y'all" are often used, particularly in informal speech. Other alternatives are [[somebody]] or [[someone]] or "a person", particularly with [[singular they]].
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Latest revision as of 15:23, 20 September 2019

You (strong form: /ju:/ weak form: /jə/) is the 2nd person singular and plural subject and object pronoun in English.

For example:

  • "I love you"
  • "Do you love me?"

You can have three separate meanings, "What can you do to learn English?"

  • "I can..." - singular,
  • "We can..." - plural
  • "You can..." - generic you.

Students may default to the "I" response even when the "you" response would be more appropriate. An alternative to the generic you is the pronoun "one", but this is generally employed only in formal language.

Because English has lost t-v distinction, this means non-standard plurals "yous" or "you guys" or "y'all" are often used, particularly in informal speech. Other alternatives are somebody or someone or "a person", particularly with singular they.