you and they

 

We use you to talk about people in general including the speaker and the hearer:

You can buy this book anywhere > This book is on sale everywhere.
You can’t park here > Parking is not allowed here.
They don’t let you smoke in here > No smoking here

We use they or them to talk about people in general:

They serve good food here.
Ask them for a cheaper ticket.

… especially about the government and the authorities:

They don’t let you smoke in here.
They are going to increase taxes.
They are building a new motorway.
They say it’s going to rain tomorrow.

Exercise

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Hello everyone! I'm a newcomer here. and I need help to explain the follow sentence(in Road to IELTS) what is the real mean, thank you! 
" you will have to trust them to the end of the earth--literally"
"trust them to the end of the earth" means "trust somebody completely". Is it right?
and how to explain the end word" literally"?
 
 

Hello Simonx, and welcome to LearnEnglish!
 
You're right about the main meaning of the sentence. If you type literally into our dictionary box, you'll see that usually, the word is used to emphasise what you are saying.
 
It does depend a little on the context of the sentence though - what topic did you see the sentence in?
 
Hope that helps,
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team
 

Thanks a lot to Jeremy Bee! And it's very helpful for me what you said!
It's real means to emphasize ------It's very important!
 So, I get a good method to know a new words, ---------English explain English is very good! 
it makes me confused that the dictionary in Chinese..
And hope you check mistakes in my replies: grammar, spell, etc. 
Thanks again!

Hello Simonx!
 
Glad you found my answer useful! Dictionary translations into your own language are often useful to get a quick idea of what a word means, but a good English dictionary will often give better descriptions and examples.
 
Please remember, though, that  we get a lot of comments every day, and it's not really possible for us to help check posts - sorry about that!
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

That's OK, Jeremy Bee! Thanks a lot! Maybe I should know a penfriend and try to help each other.

Hello bouchakour!

Welcome to the site, and I hope you enjoy your stay! If you want to improve your pronunication, we have some resources on the website, and more coming soon. Take a look at our Sounds Right page and app.
 
Remember that one of the best ways to improve your pronunciation is by listening! We have lots of listening material - if you listen to all of our Elementary Podcasts, your pronunciation will improve - and so will other areas of your English!
 
Good luck!
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, everyone!
I wonder whether it's possible to download videos or not?
I find audio materials great to use, especially with (or sometimes without) the text.
I'd love to do the same with the videos on my mobile :)
Thanks in advance!

Hello interpidyuri!
 
I'm glad that you're getting good use of our audio materials! Unfortunately, we don't currently have videos available for download. Many of our videos are also copyright, and so we would be not allowed to put them up for download. Sorry about that - but I do hope you can continue to enjoy the videos on your computer at home!
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to learn spoken and written english what can i do
Guide me
Prabakar

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