In Modern English, you has the second person singular pronoun, you is. It has always been used only for the third person, grammatically speaking, but in many modern languages is now used for all instances and numbers, regardless of who is performing the saying. You as a matter of fact, does not have a independent existence in this language; it is nothing more than a mere label or title, you are. This is not to say that you are not an individual, you are a person, however, as a label you have no real value outside of your gender, your age, and your social status.
One of the major difficulties that writers and speakers encounter when they try to learn and use pronouns is that they cannot decide whether they should use the first person singular or the second person singular. As a result, they choose the wrong one, resulting in a stilted, awkward, and oftentimes incorrect writing or speaking performance. The first person is clearly indicated by the articles, you and me, you being the subject and I the object. The second person is indicated by pronouns such as he/she, you being the subject and he/she being the object.
The singular “you” is also very difficult to learn and use correctly. In fact, this difficulty is especially pronounced if you are female, as your grammar rules require that you use definite and indefinite pronouns, even if the sentence is ambiguous. For example, “You were at the store today.” in the second person singular has to be treated as “You were in the store today (the singular verb)”. However, there are some exceptions to these rules, particularly in the case of the subject “you” and the object “he/she”.
The second person is divided into two types, the first is reflexive and the other is simply the impersonal “I”. The former is used to refer to yourself and the other to another individual, an idea, a concept, or a person. The second person is used to refer to something you yourself own, to someone else, or to something you don’t own but are attached to indirectly (such as a possession you have for yourself). The examples of the first and the reflexive form are “I am the owner of the dog”, “I am my dog’s owner”, “The dog belongs to me” and “my dog is my dog”.
The third person is usually described by a pronoun such as “we”, “us”, “our”, “it”, “itself”, ” ourselves”, “ourselves” and “our”. The pronouns in the plural form of the second person, however, are sometimes preferred, especially when referring to a number of people. In the example above, the singular “you” could be used in place of “we” or “us”. It may also be acceptable to use “ours”, “our” or “us”.
The most important part of learning how to teach English is to learn how to describe the various tenses of the verb. By mastering these three processes, you will be well on your way to mastering the language. You will be able to express ideas more clearly and make them fit into sentences. Your communication will become much more efficient, therefore.