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synonyms for you

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  • we
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  • him
  • her
  • it
  • them
  • ver
  • xem
  • hir
  • zir
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a synonym for you?

We don’t traditionally think of you as having synonyms, but there are several situations in which it can replace—or be replaced with—another word, phrase, or series of words.

yourself

In some cases, the word yourself (plural, yourselves) is used as another way of saying you. For example, it’s common to say things like You should think for yourself (which avoids using it twice, as in You should think for you). Yourself is also sometimes used in place of you after the words as, than, and but, as in I was a girl no older than yourself

one

You is sometimes used not to refer to the listener or reader but to any person in general, much like how the word one is sometimes used, as in You never know what might happen. A more formal way of saying this is One never knows what might happen

y’all and you-all

There are a few alternative ways of saying you when it’s plural. The term y’all—a popular shortening of you-all—can be used when referring to multiple people, as in Y’all are my favorite people, or to a person who represents a group or organization, as in Are y’all going to be open on Saturday? These terms (and similar ones like you guys) are typically used in informal communication. 

yous and youse

A plural form of you that is considered nonstandard is yous (or youse) as in Where are yous going?

ye and thou

Archaic forms of the word you include ye and thou

u

You might use the letter u as a substitute for you in very informal communications, such as text messages or online posts, as in i miss u!

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How to use you in a sentence

The "Pay-as-You-Go" system has reflected favorably on the state's financial reputation.
HALLOWED HERITAGE: THE LIFE OF VIRGINIADOROTHY M. TORPEY
"I beg of you, I appeal to you-my friend," she urged, with that ardour of the counsel who pleads a bad cause.
WHEN VALMOND CAME TO PONTIAC, COMPLETEGILBERT PARKER
"I wish t' hell, stranger, you-all hadn't edged off south," chattered Alfred.
BLAZED TRAIL STORIESSTEWART EDWARD WHITE
But wildcats is purty heavy, an' you-all can hit 'em with a shotgun.
THE GHOST BREAKERCHARLES GODDARD
"I just stepped over to inquire what you-all'd like for breakfast this mornin'," he said with a grin.
HIDDEN GOLDWILDER ANTHONY
Has you-all done cided to do wid out yo suppers dis yer night?
THREE LITTLE WOMENGABRIELLE E. JACKSON
Too late, my royal eyas?You shall strike this deer yourself at gaze ere long—She has no mind to slip to cover.
THE SAINT'S TRAGEDYCHARLES KINGSLEY
Nothin', only you're a white-livered stinker, an' I'm jest a-spoilin' foh a fight with you-all.
TRAMPING ON LIFEHARRY KEMP
You have seen a mesmerist or biologist, or whatever-you-call-him-ist, communicate with a man under his spell without speech.
DUFFELSEDWARD EGGLESTON
"You-all didn't 'low I'd need my rifle-gun no more," he repeated slowly, with forced restraint.
THE CODE OF THE MOUNTAINSCHARLES NEVILLE BUCK
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO YOU

  • he
  • it
  • she
  • sie
  • they
  • ve
  • xe
  • you
  • ze
  • zie
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