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    "Don't you bother"

    Hello, I found the saying "don't you bother" in a song lyrics. I know these saying "don't bother me" and "don't bother".
    But I'm not sure about this. Maybe it's a more rough saying of "don't bother me" ? Actually someone told me it's like "There's no point in ~ing"
    Yet I still don't understand how to use it.

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    Re: "Don't you bother"

    It means don't take the trouble to do something.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "Don't you bother"

    Thank you for replying.
    Now I'm assuming these 2 example "Don't you bother me" and "Don't bother me" are interchangeable.
    Or is there any difference when you put "you"?
    The more I look up, the more examples I get.
    "Don't you forget me" I think this is same as "Don't forget me"
    How do you make a choice?

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    Re: "Don't you bother"

    You originally asked about don't you bother, without context. I read it as a complete sentence, in which case you would just be an intensifier. I can imagine a lady shooing a friend out of the kitchen while saying that.

    In Don't you bother me, you adds a threatening element. Don't bother me is not very polite, but it's less menacing.

    As to how to choose whether to add you, I'd say don't do it.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "Don't you bother"

    Quote Originally Posted by blueapple88 View Post
    Now I'm assuming these 2 example "Don't you bother me" and "Don't bother me" are interchangeable.
    Or is there any difference when you put "you"?
    You adds emphasis and makes it stronger.

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    Re: "Don't you bother"

    Thank you! Now I understand it!

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    Re: "Don't you bother"

    blueapple88, there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves time for everyone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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