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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 8 months ago

What is it called when someone speaks like this using(you) instead of the person's name?

I'm trying to explain this in the right way.

If someone says "Why would you do something like that?"

But they're not talking about (you) but another person but referring to that person as (you).

The way that person says it: "why would you do that?

The way a normal person says it: 'Why would Larry do that?"

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago
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    It is just an idiomatic usage of you as an impersonal pronoun to describe a general case. Posh people say one - why would one do that? But that can quickly get complicated

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  • 8 months ago

    it is a generic person represented by "you". We often also employ "they" for the same purpose. The appropriate pronoun is actually "one", but we live in a time when the pronoun "one" is not often used. The usage rules have changed with time, for no obvious reason (most likely a class thing in my opinion: people associate the use of "one" with upper class twits and the royal "we"). Things change because society changes.

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  • 8 months ago

    It’s a rhetorical comment.

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