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

How do you get from London to Oxford?

Can I use this sentence structure to get transport information at any particular transport office, officer? or it can only be asked to a person. Actually I would like t o know some contexts for this sentence.
thanks

Hello pencil,

This question does not ask about the other person but rather has a general meaning:

How can a person get from London to Oxford?

How does one get from London to Oxford? [this is very formal and rather old-fashioned]

 

You can use this kind of sentence whenever you want to find out about how to travel to a particular place.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

What is the way from London to Oxford?
Correct: How do you get from London to Oxford?
My answer: How do you get the way from London to Oxford?
Could you please explain why my answer is not correct?
Thank you in advance, Sir

Hello zenger62,

The verb 'get' (get to London) does not require any other object. We use 'how' with the verb 'get' and 'what' when we ask about the way:

What is the best way to get to London (from here)?

How do I get to London (from here)?

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Got it, thanks to you, Mr. Peter.

Hello,
i have a question about the sentence "There is a charge if you pay by credit card."
Can i say "They will charge you if you pay by credit card" ? i'm not sure but since it's something that will happen everytime you use it, why is "they charge you if you pay by credit card" the correct answer?

Hello Eilssa'Kallian,

You can say 'They will charge you ...' and that is the correct answer in the exercise because the exercise is about the pronouns 'you' and 'they'. But in the real world, we don't usually say this -- we say 'There is a charge if you pay by credit card'. As far as I know, there is no good reason for this -- it's a question of usage.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a doubt:
Is it correct for me to use:

How can you get from London to Oxford? or
How do you get.....
How does one get...

Hello Manoharan,

I'd say the middle option ('How do you get') is the most common, but the other two also work. 'can' is a little unusual in this kind of question, but it's not incorrect. 'one' is a little unusual in informal situations, but is also correct.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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