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

Comments

Hi Peter.
About the less common form of 'How can you get...?'. Is it less common just because it is too close to the more rhetorical "How can you/one do that?!", or is it just a peculiarity of the English language.

Hello relu,

It depends on the context, but in general using 'can' there can make it sound as if it might not be possible to get from point A to point B, or have a rhetorical flavour to it (as you point out).

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

I would like to know if it is correct to say "They speak English in here" and in what situation do you use "in here" instead of "here."

Thanks,
Eduardo

Hello Eduardo,

'here' refers to a general area or space, e.g. a country, company, etc., whereas 'in here' generally refers to a very specific enclosed space, e.g. a restaurant, a hospital, etc. So I think 'here' would make more sense in most cases than 'in here'. 

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello sir,
can i use this "how is you" because i have heard. is it right

Hello Afia shakir khan,

I'm afraid that is not correct. When we greet someone we might ask 'How are you?'  - perhaps this is what you mean?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, what is the meaning of Best Wishes & All the best please enlighten me. Thanks!

Hello Thelma,

You can find both of these phrases in the dictionary – just write them in the box on the right and press the green Look it up! button. Sometimes you have to scroll down the page a bit to find the right entry, but, as you'll see, they are both there and both are ways of saying goodbye at the end of an email, letter or comment on a website.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi sir,

can i use "you" with is in any condition please tell me.
any....... condition if yes let me know

Hi Afia shakir khan,

I'm not sure I understand what you want to say here. Could you rephrase the question, explaining what you are trying to say, and we'll try to help you?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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