Definition of you in English:

you

Syllabification: you
Pronunciation: /yo͞o
 
 
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pronoun

[second person singular or plural]
1Used to refer to the person or people that the speaker is addressing: are you listening? I love you
More example sentences
  • If I could have one wish, it would be for you to never stop loving me.
  • We will always love you, and revere your amazing grace in that wonderful season.
  • If you have a story or information you would like to be included we would love to hear from you.
1.1Used to refer to the person being addressed together with other people regarded in the same class: you Australians
1.2Used in exclamations to address one or more people: you fools hey, you!
2Used to refer to any person in general: after a while, you get used to it
More example sentences
  • It's a more general thing, where you just get gradually drawn in to the centre of the whirlpool.
  • There is a general board where you can enter your own ideas for future discussion.
  • This leaflet tells you what general line you should take.

Origin

Old English ēow, accusative and dative of (see ye1); related to Dutch u and German euch. During the 14th century you began to replace ye1, thou1, and thee; by the 17th century it had become the ordinary second person pronoun for any number and case.

Phrases

you and yours

You together with your family and close friends.
More example sentences
  • From my family and I to you and yours, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and successful New Year.
  • Do you and yours play the family shopping game, Deception?
  • It's much harder to deny someone their legal rights or to consign them to the fires of hell when they are in front of you with their families, looking not that different from you and yours.

you-know-who (or you-know-what)

Used to refer to someone (or something) known to the hearer without specifying their identity: the minister was later to be sacked by you-know-who
More example sentences
  • So while you-know-who is infatuated with what's-his-name.
  • Alan, Jed's older brother, is a lawyer in their father's Toronto firm, hating his profession but saddled with the expectations of his disapproving you-know-who.
  • So you-know-who is officially going?

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