you pronoun (PERSON/PEOPLE ADDRESSED)
I love you.
You said I could go with you.
You're coming tonight, aren't you?
Are you two ready?
- I'm sorry that I wasn't able to phone you yesterday.
- Are you frightened of spiders?
- Did you put the car in the garage?
- Are you sure there isn't any way of solving this problem?
- Do you prefer plain or striped shirts?
you pronoun (PEOPLE GENERALLY)
How do you get this thing to start?
- On a clear day you can see the mountains from here.
- With this model you get a radio, CD player and cassette deck all in one.
- I don't like body builders who are so overdeveloped you can see the veins in their bulging muscles.
- If you listen carefully to this piece of music, you can hear a flute in the background.
- There was a penalty clause which said you had to pay half the cost if you cancelled your booking.
Pronouns: personal (I, me, you, him, it, they, etc.)We use personal pronouns in place of noun phrases. We often use them to refer back to people and things that we have already identified (underlined): …
Subject and object pronounsPersonal subject pronouns act as the subject of a clause. We use them before a verb to show who is doing the verb. We do not usually leave out the pronoun: …
I, meWe use I and me to refer to the speaker or writer. I is the subject form and me is the object form: …
YouWe use you to refer to the listener or reader. It is both the subject and the object form. You can refer to one person or more than one person. It is usually clear from the context whether you is singular or plural: …
He, him; she, herHe, him, she and her are singular third person pronouns. He and him are the masculine forms. She and her are the feminine forms: …
We, usWe use we and us to refer to different groups of people, but always including the speaker. We and us can refer to the speaker + the listener, or the speaker + other people but not the listener, or people in general including the speaker: …
Pronouns: one, you, we, theyOne, you, we and they are generic personal pronouns. We can use one, you, we and they to refer to ‘people in general’. …
One, you and weWe can use one, you or we when we are making generalisations and not referring to any one person in particular. When used like this, one, you and we can include the speaker or writer: …