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    Why she says "you" here?

    Um...you have no actual medical training?
    No. I have kids. Learned a Iot right there.
    I've seen nurses give my son throat cultures, and what is it?
    You stick a giant Q-tip down their throat and wait.
    Urinalysis: You take that dipstick to see if the white count's high.


    Hello, this is a script from the movie 'Erin Brockovich'
    I have a question. in this situation, she (Julia Roberts) is talking what nurses do...
    However, the man who are listening to her is not a nurse and probably He have not done such things. Why is she saying "you" in that situation? I mean...he is not a man who is doing medical stuff and she have not watched him doing that stuff, and she is saying as if she watched him do that stuff before, by saying "you". Could you explain?

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    Re: Why she says "you" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by layla0302 View Post
    Hello, this is a script from the movie 'Erin Brockovich'
    I have a question. in this situation, she (Julia Roberts) is talking what nurses do...
    However, the man who are listening to her is not a nurse and probably He have not done such things. Why is she saying "you" in that situation? I mean...he is not a man who is doing medical stuff and she have not watched him doing that stuff, and she is saying as if she watched him do that stuff before, by saying "you". Could you explain?

    NOT A TEACHER


    In several Western European languages, including the languages I speak (Dutch, Russian and English) you can use "you" when you're talking about "how things are done", but not by a specific person. "You" here does not refer to the person she's talking to, but to people/nurses/doctors or whoever.

    Hope this makes sense.

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    Re: Why she says "you" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post

    NOT A TEACHER


    In several Western European languages, including the languages I speak (Dutch, Russian and English) you can use "you" when you're talking about "how things are done", but not by a specific person. "You" here does not refer to the person she's talking to, but to people/nurses/doctors or whoever.

    Hope this makes sense.
    Erin Brockowich could have said 'A Q-tip is taken by the nurse, and he or she...', but if the script had said that I imagine Julia Roberts' agent would never have shown it to her!

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    Last edited by BobK; 22-Jun-2012 at 10:32. Reason: typo

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    Re: Why she says "you" here?

    This is where "one" is used in more formal writing. One sticks a Q-tip...

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