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.




Hi i got a question about question 4 of section "You and they".
The question is "What is the way from london to oxford?"
as a answer sentence, How do you get from london to oxford ?
but I though like "how do you get the way from london to oxford?"
is that possible?


Hello Bob kim,

No, that's not a correct sentence.  We say either 'What is the way from/to...' or 'How do you get from/to...' but not a mixture.

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The LearnEnglish Team

thank you for replying with a nice explanation.

hello. this is rather confusing to me. they said/say it's going to rain tomorrow. if the correct sentence is they say...tomorrow, then what makes the sentence they said...tomorrow is incorrect?
thank you.

Hello December FIrst,

I'm afraid I don't fully understand your question.  Could you tell us which question exactly you are asking about and put your answer in full?  Then we'll be able to answer your question for you.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I still don't understand when and where to use or not to use "the".

Hello Moh Win,

Do you mean 'they' or 'the'?  This page is about 'they', but if you are looking for information about when to use 'the' then you might find this page on the definite article helpful.  On the other hand if your problem is with 'they' then perhaps you can tell us what exactly is confusing for you, for example by giving us an example sentence, and then we'll try to help you to understand it.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I am very tensed. I cant answer single question properly. How can I improve?Plz help me

Hi rasika kabade,

Can you identify what it is that you don't understand? What words did you write incorrectly? (You can see the correct answers by clicking on Finish.) It's difficult for us to help you unless we can see your errors - please let us know if seeing the answers doesn't clarify it for you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I enjoy learning the usage of "you and they".