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    #1

    You get nine

    Tom: If you add 5 to 4, what do you get?
    Emma: You get nine.

    Tom asked Emma what she got, but she answered, "You get nine," not "I get nine." Why is that?

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    #2

    Re: You get nine

    You is often used as an indefinite pronoun. It substitutes for the pronoun one, which is rarely used, especially in American English. Therefore, when Tom says "you", he isn't talking about Emma; he's talking about people in general. Emma does the same thing.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 16-Jul-2016 at 21:18.
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    #3

    Re: You get nine

    If she is unsure that her answer is correct, with a more complex sum, she might say I get xxx, allowing you to correct her.

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