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    Politeness form, "You"

    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?
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    Re: Politeness form, "You"

    Quote Originally Posted by ulrikasborg View Post
    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?
    Kind regards
    Ulrikasborg
    This doesn't occur in native English. It's 'You' at the start of a sentence, and 'you' elsewhere.

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    Re: Politeness form, "You"

    She may be thinking of Dutch, where U and je are the polite and familar forms, which are related to English 'you.' Methinks.

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    Re: Politeness form, "You"

    Quote Originally Posted by ulrikasborg View Post
    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?
    Kind regards
    Ulrikasborg


    I've never seen "you" capitalized in this manner,and yes I would say it is completely incorrect.Perhaps a teacher will comment. Also, "you" is not impolite.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Politeness form, "You"

    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.

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    Re: Politeness form, "You"

    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,
    regards

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    Re: Politeness form, "You"

    Quote Originally Posted by ulrikasborg View Post
    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,
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    That's because lower case sie is a different pronoun, in the third person.

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    Re: Politeness form, "You"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    That's because lower case sie is a different pronoun, in the third person.
    Which certainly doesn't mean that politeness isn't the reason for its being capitalized. Many langauges have homonymous pronouns, but it isn't common to capitalize some to make them distinguishable."You" is capitalized in letters in my language too. Some of us even capitalize it in SMS messages.

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    Re: Politeness form, "You"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Some of us even capitalize it in SMS messages.
    I still punctuate in SMS.

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    Re: Politeness form, "You"

    Quote Originally Posted by ulrikasborg View Post
    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?
    Kind regards
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    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.

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