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

Hello Shamayita,

Your sentence is correct grammatically, but the instruction asks you to use the verb in the sentence. Here, that verb is 'pay' and you have transformed it into a noun rather than use it as a verb. So, which your sentence is grammatically fine, the correct answer here is different (you can see it by choosing 'Show answers' after finishing the task).

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello learnenglish.britishcouncil.org staff,
Thank you for your pretty and useful job that you are doing here

You said that 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
why don't we use the subject pronoun "we" ?

Hello Ayman Alkaddour,

It is possible to use 'we' here, but it suggests a more restricted group. While 'you' in the context refers to people in general, 'we' suggests the immediate group which includes the speaker.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

sir
why is it wrong to write -
how you get from london to oxford.

Hello neh7272,

To make the question we need to add an auxiliary verb. In the present simple, this would be 'do' and in the past simple it would be 'did'. The first word of a setnence should be capitalised and the names of towns should also have capital letters. 

The correct form would be, for example:

How do you get from London to Oxford?

How did you get from London to Oxford?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

Is it correct ask ' How can you get from London to Oxford'?

Gerardo

Hello Gerardo,

Yes, that is correct. Good work!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

It was difficult for me.

Thank you sir!

I understood now.

Best Regards
Ms. Su Mon

Hello:

I would like to know if this answer is correct, because I think there is a mistake

Correct answer: He is obviously very pleased.
You (tell) can tell he is | can tell that he is very pleased.

Thanks

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