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    #1

    It is when you're trying to diet!


    I would like to know who "you" is in the next sentence.
    It is when you're trying to diet!

    What does she mean by the next sentence?
    It is when you're trying to diet!
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    #2

    Re: It is when you're trying to diet!

    Sometimes the word "you" is used when talking about people in general.

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    #3

    Re: It is when you're trying to diet!

    A formal way to write the last frame's text would be "It is when one is trying to diet!" This would be terribly stiff and unnatural in AmE, though, and not at all suitable to the context.
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    Re: It is when you're trying to diet!

    I disagree; "one" would be fine there.

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    #5

    Re: It is when you're trying to diet!

    Gosh Mike, I've heard "you" used that way dozens of times. But "one"? Hardly ever.


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    Re: It is when you're trying to diet!

    I use "one" all the time.

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    Re: It is when you're trying to diet!

    I'm with you. One very rarely hears the subject pronoun "one" in spoken American English. It's rare in the written language as well. Some people may use it, and it would be understood, but it certainly wouldn't look natural in the comic strip OP posted.
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    Re: It is when you're trying to diet!

    I use 'one' a lot in writing, especially academic. I use it here a lot too. But I'm atypical in this (for AusE).
    I can't see Mrs Thornapple using it. But if she was drawn as more posh, it could work.

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    Re: It is when you're trying to diet!

    One is pretty stiff in BrE too nowadays. I don't use it, though I do use some things that are regarded as stiff, but accept that I am going against the grain. Outside older members of the royal family, crusty journalists making a point, and academia, I rarely come across one.

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    Re: It is when you're trying to diet!

    One can use "one" when the use of "you" could be confusing.

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