Meaning of YOU in English

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

Note: 'You' is the second person pronoun. 'You' can refer to one or more people and is used as the subject of a verb or the object of a verb or preposition.


A speaker or writer uses ~ to refer to the person or people that they are talking or writing to. It is possible to use ~ before a noun to make it clear which group of people ~ are talking to.

When I saw ~ across the room I knew I’d met ~ before...

You two seem very different to me...

I could always talk to ~ about anything in the world...

What is alternative health care? What can it do for ~?...

What ~ kids need is more exercise.



In spoken English and informal written English, ~ is sometimes used to refer to people in general.

Getting good results gives ~ confidence...

In those days ~ did what ~ were told.


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