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Using 'You,One,And They' as Impersonal Pronouns

Using 'You,One,And They' as Impersonal Pronouns

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USING 'YOU,ONE,AND THEY' AS IMPERSONAL PRONOUNS

By: Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar http://www.kau.edu.sa/SBANJER http://wwwdrshadiabanjar.blogspot.com

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YOU

ONE
IMPERSONAL PRONOUNS

THEY

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The impersonal pronouns considered here ( YOU, ONE, and THEY) share two fundamental properties: (i) they only refer to humans, (ii) they allow generic readings.

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EXAMPLES One should always be polite. How does one get to 5th Avenue from here? You should always be polite. How do you get to 5th avenue from here?
Means “any person, people in general.”

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ONE YOU
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EXAMPLES

BRITISH + FORMAL AMERICAN

1. One should take care of one’s health. 2. One should take care of his health. 3. One should take care of his or her health.
AMERICAN AWKWARD
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‘some people or somebody’

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