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How do you say "you"?


In English we use "you" to talk to a friend, peer, family member, adult, teacher, boss, principal, group of friends, group of teachers, etc.  We use "you" whenever we address anyone, or any group of people.

In Spanish, however, there are four different "you's".  It's easy, just follow along.

familiar:  friends, family members, peers, etc.  In other words, these are people you are familiar with.

formal:  adults, teachers (usually), principals, bosses, etc.  In other words, these are people you don't know well, do not have an established friendship with, or are people you should show respect to.

So here we go.  We now have 4 options:  familiar singular, familiar plural, formal singular, formal plural.  The following is how these are expressed in Spanish