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    What are ___ doing?

    Ben: Sorry, I'm late. So, what are ___ doing?
    Sandy: We're preparing for English class. We're going to talk about this book.
    Ben: That's right!
    Which pronoun should I use to fill in the above blank, we or you?

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    Re: What are ___ doing?

    What would be your argument for using "you"? What about using "we"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What are ___ doing?

    I would use "you."

    Ben: Sorry, I'm late. So, what are you doing?
    Sandy: We're preparing for English class.

    But the original dialog used "we." Can anyone explain that for me?

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    Re: What are ___ doing?

    If you come in late to a group or a class, it is perfectly normal to ask what "we" are doing. You are joining the group so you include yourself in the question.

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    Re: What are ___ doing?

    I can make an argument for "you." What if Ben is the teacher? And he shows that he's pleased with his "That's right!" that they are doing exactly what he said yesterday that they would do during the next class.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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