They're all pointing at you!
- An example of you is a word that could be used when complementing a friend.
- An example of you is when all people are advised to be careful on Halloween.
- the person to whom one is speaking or writing: personal pronoun in the second person (sing. & pl.): you is the nominative and objective form (sing. & pl.), yours the possessive (sing. & pl.), and yourself (sing.) and yourselves (pl.) the reflexive and intensive; your is the possessive pronominal adjective
- any person: equivalent in sense to indefinite one: you can never be sure!
Origin of youMiddle English you, ou, eow from Old English eow, dative and accusative plural of ge, ye, akin to Dutch u from Indo-European base an unverified form iw-, you from source Sanskrit yuvám, you
- Used to refer to the one or ones being addressed: I'll lend you the book. You shouldn't work so hard. y'all you-uns
- Used to refer to an indefinitely specified person; one: You can't win them all.
- Nonstandard Used reflexively as the indirect object of a verb: You might want to get you another pair of shoes. me
Origin of youMiddle English from Old English ēow dative and accusative of gē ye, you ; see yu- in Indo-European roots.
(second person, singular or plural, nominative or objective, possessive determiner your, possessive pronoun yours, singular reflexive yourself, plural reflexive yourselves)
- (object pronoun) The people spoken, or written to, as an object. [from 9th c.]
- (reflexive, now US colloquial) (To) yourselves, (to) yourself. [from 9th c.]
- (object pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as an object. (Replacing thee; originally as a mark of respect.) [from 13th c.]
- (subject pronoun) The people spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Replacing ye.) [from 14th c.]
- Both of you should get ready now.
- You are all supposed to do as I tell you.
- (subject pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Originally as a mark of respect.) [from 15th c.]
- (indefinite personal pronoun) Anyone, one; an unspecified individual or group of individuals (as subject or object). [from 16th c.]
- Originally, you was specifically plural (indicating multiple people), and specifically objective (serving as the direct or indirect object of a verb, or object of a preposition; like present-day us, as opposed to we). The corresponding subjective pronoun was ye, and their corresponding singular pronouns were thee and thou, respectively. (Thus you was to ye, thee, and thou as us is to we, me, and I, respectively.)
- In some forms of English, you and ye have doubled as plural forms and as polite singular forms, used in addressing superiors and (in some forms) equals, with thee and thou being the non-polite singular forms. Such alternation, insofar as it still exists, is now only dialectal: in present-day English, thee and thou are all but nonexistent.
- Although you no longer distinguishes singular from plural, various forms of English have marked plural forms, such as you guys, y'all, or youse (though not all of these are completely equivalent or considered Standard English).
- The pronoun you is usually omitted in imperative sentences, but need not be. In affirmative imperatives, it may be included before the verb (You go right ahead; You stay out of it); in negative imperatives, it may be included either before the don't, or, more commonly, after it (Don't you dare go in there; Don't you start now).
- for other personal pronouns.
(third-person singular simple present yous, present participle youing, simple past and past participle youed)
From Middle English you, yow, Èow, (object case of ye), from Old English Ä“ow, Ä«ow ("you"; dative case of Ä¡Ä“), from *iwwiz ("you"; dative case of *jÄ«z), Western form of Proto-Germanic *izwiz ("you"; dative case of *jÅ«z), from Proto-Indo-European *yÅ«s (“you (plural)"), *yÅ«Ì. Cognate with West Frisian jo (“you"), Low German jo (“you"), Dutch jou & u (“you"), Middle High German eu, iu (“you", obj. pron.), Latin vÅs (“you"), Avestan ð¬¬ð¬‹ (vÅ, “you").