Definition of you pronoun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ju//
    ; NAmE NAmE////
    ; BrE strong form BrE//juː//
    ; NAmE strong form NAmE//juː//
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  1. 1  used as the subject or object of a verb or after a preposition to refer to the person or people being spoken or written to You said you knew the way. I thought she told you. Can I sit next to you? I don't think that hairstyle is you (= it doesn't suit your appearance or personality).
  2. 2  used with nouns and adjectives to speak to somebody directly You girls, stop talking! You stupid idiot!
  3. 3  used for referring to people in general You learn a language better if you visit the country where it is spoken. It's a friendly place—people come up to you in the street and start talking.
  4. Word Origin Old English ēow, accusative and dative of (see the pronounye), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch u and German euch. During the 14th cent. you began to replace the pronoun ye, thou, and thee; by the 17th cent. it had become the ordinary second person pronoun for any number and case.
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