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Hello, I just registered in the hope of getting an answer to my, not very important, question. Is it possible to use a capital letter in "you" as a way of showing politeness? I do not mean as in "Your Highness" but as "happy to meet You, looking forward to meeting You. In my very vague memories from school days, the "capitalisation" was not allowed, but I see it frequently in texts written by Scandinavians and Finns. Any comments?
She may be thinking of Dutch, where U and je are the polite and familar forms, which are related to English 'you.' Methinks.
Hello, ulrikasborg. Your question is not unimportant and I believe it has been answered. I hope you will continue to post questions here, as not only you, but others can learn from them. Welcome to the forum.
Thank you for your replies! Dutch is not the language I would think of - instead German, which we in the north are familiar with, and they use "Sie" (not sie)
But now I know the proper way,
NOT A TEACHER
(1) I agree with Riquecohen that You have asked a great question.
(2) Yes, You should avoid capitalizing the second-person pronoun because
English readers are not accustomed to it.
(3) But in your personal correspondence, there is no reason why You cannot
do so. The world will not come to an end.
(4) If You have time, i hope that You will google:
On Language: Me, Myself, and I - NY Times
(a) Ms. Caroline Walker explains why we capitalize the first-person pronoun.
She also suggests that you go right ahead and capitalize the second-person
pronoun while NOT capitalizing the first-person pronoun. It will be, she feels, a
great lesson in humility.
Like the other posters, i hope that You will continue to post more questions.