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On 21 Feb 2005, at 9.12 pm, Philip Newton wrote:

> On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 17:31:59 +1100, Tristan McLeay
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I know you are able to send more than five messages per day:
>
> Is this "you" the second person singular pronoun, referring to Henrik?
> Or is it the "generic you" meaning "one, someone, anyone, all of us"?
>
> At first I thought you meant meaning #2, but you probably meant #1
> instead.

If it had've meant the second, it would've been 'you're'. At least
to/by me, 'you are' can only be used if one element or the other is
stressed, otherwise it sounds too much like 'you were'. (It could of
course have the same meaning with 'you're', in fact that's what I first
wrote, but I changed my mind and thought I'd make it clearer by adding
stress.) In any case, it obviously can't be generic, because we *can't*
send more than five, only the list owners can.

--
Tristan.