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YOU, pron. Yu. [You has been considered as in the plural only, and is so treated in the Saxon grammar. But from the Belgic dialect, it appears to be in the singular as well as the plural, and our universal popular usage, in applying it to a single person with a verb in the singular number, is correct. Yourself is in the singular number.]

1. The pronoun of the second person, in the nominative or objective case. In familiar language, it is applied to an individual, as thou is in the solemn style. In the plural, it is used in the solemn style in the objective case.

In vain you tell your parting lover, you wish fair winds may waft him over.

He that despiseth you, despiseth me. Luke 10.

2. You is used, like on in French, for any one. This at a distance looks like a rock; but as you approach it, you see a little cabin.



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YOU, pron. Yu. [You has been considered as in the plural only, and is so treated in the Saxon grammar. But from the Belgic dialect, it appears to be in the singular as well as the plural, and our universal popular usage, in applying it to a single person with a verb in the singular number, is correct. Yourself is in the singular number.]

1. The pronoun of the second person, in the nominative or objective case. In familiar language, it is applied to an individual, as thou is in the solemn style. In the plural, it is used in the solemn style in the objective case.

In vain you tell your parting lover, you wish fair winds may waft him over.

He that despiseth you, despiseth me. Luke 10.

2. You is used, like on in French, for any one. This at a distance looks like a rock; but as you approach it, you see a little cabin.

YOU, pron. [yu; Sax. eow, iu, iuch; G. euch; Arm. chuy; D. gu or yu, thou. You has been considered as in the plural only, and is so treated in the Saxon grammar. But from the Belgic dialect, it appears to be in the singular as well as the plural, and our universal popular usage, in applying it to a single person with a verb in the singular number, is correct. Yourself is in the singular number.]

  1. The pronoun of the second person in the nominative or objective case. In familiar language, it is applied to an individual, as thou is in the solemn style. In the plural, it is used in the solemn style in the objective case. In vain you tell your parting lover, / You wish fair winds may waft him over. – Prior. He that despiseth you, despiseth me. – Luke x.
  2. You is used, like on in French, for any one. This at a distance looks like a rock; but as you approach it, you see a little cabin.

You
  1. The pronoun of the second person, in the nominative, dative, and objective case, indicating the person or persons addressed. See the Note under Ye.

    Ye go to Canterbury; God you speed. Chaucer.

    Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
    To leave this place.
    Shak.

    In vain you tell your parting lover
    You wish fair winds may waft him over.
    Prior.

    * Though you is properly a plural, it is in all ordinary discourse used also in addressing a single person, yet properly always with a plural verb. "Are you he that hangs the verses on the trees, wherein Rosalind is so admired ?" Shak. You and your are sometimes used indefinitely, like we, they, one, to express persons not specified. "The looks at a distance like a new-plowed land; but as you come near it, you see nothing but a long heap of heavy, disjointed clods." Addison. "Your medalist and critic are much nearer related than the world imagine." Addison. "It is always pleasant to be forced to do what you wish to do, but what, until pressed, you dare not attempt." Hook. You is often used reflexively for yourself of yourselves. "Your highness shall repose you at the tower." Shak.

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You

YOU, pronoun Yu. [You has been considered as in the plural only, and is so treated in the Saxon grammar. But from the Belgic dialect, it appears to be in the singular as well as the plural, and our universal popular usage, in applying it to a single person with a verb in the singular number, is correct. Yourself is in the singular number.]

1. The pronoun of the second person, in the nominative or objective case. In familiar language, it is applied to an individual, as thou is in the solemn style. In the plural, it is used in the solemn style in the objective case.

In vain you tell your parting lover, you wish fair winds may waft him over.

He that despiseth you despiseth me. Luke 10:3.

2. you is used, like on in French, for any one. This at a distance looks like a rock; but as you approach it, you see a little cabin.

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