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definition of the word you

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
for as had #17: you not be at

From Old English ēow < West Proto-Germanic *iwwiz < Proto-Indo-European *ju. See usage notes. Ye, you and your are cognate with German ihr, euch and euer, respectively. Ye is also cognate with archaic Swedish I. The presence of final -r in the German form is from an earlier -z, and is mirrored by the final -r’s in German er and wir, whereas English he and we lack the -r; Dutch and Scandinavian follow English in this respect.

When a word ending in /t/, /d/, /s/, or /z/ is followed by you, these may coalesce with the /j/, resulting in /tʃ/, /dʒ/, /ʃ/ and /ʒ/, respectively. This is occasionally represented in writing, e.g. gotchagot you.

you second person, singular or plural, nominative or objective (possessive determiner your, possessive pronoun yours, singular reflexive yourself, plural reflexive yourselves)

  1. (subject pronoun) The person spoken to, or written to, as a subject.
    You must do as I tell you.
  2. (object pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as an object.
    We’ll go with you to the game.
    You must do as I tell you.
  3. (subject pronoun) The group of persons spoken, or written to, as a subject.
    You are all supposed to do as I tell you.
  4. (object pronoun) The group of persons spoken, or written to, as an object.
    You are all supposed to do as I tell you.
  5. (subject pronoun) Anyone, one; an unspecified individual.
    You have to be at least 36 inches high to go on this ride.
  6. (object pronoun) Anyone, one; an unspecified individual.
    They don’t smile at you when they serve you in this store.


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