「#5171. 複数人称代名詞 we, you, they の総称的用法」 ([2023-06-24-1]) に続く話題．LGSWE で関連する話題を調べてみた．§§22.214.171.124--3, 4.10.2 より該当箇所を引用しよう．まず1人称代名詞から．総称的用法といってよいのか微妙なケースではある．
By choosing the plural pronoun we rather than I, a single author avoids drawing attention to himself/herself, and the writing becomes somewhat more impersonal. On the other hand, when we is used to include the reader, it has a rather different effect and the writing becomes more personal. (§126.96.36.199)
A particular problem in the use of you is that it may refer to people in general, including the speaker/writer. This is found both in speech and writing:
You've got to be a bit careful when you're renting out though. (CONV)
I have got this little problem you see. Sometimes I forget. And the trouble with "sometimes" is that you never know when to expect it. (NEWS) (§188.8.131.52)
When we, you, and they are used with reference to people in general (184.108.40.206--3), they tend to retain a tinge of their basic meaning.
・ Biber, Douglas, Stig Johansson, Geoffrey Leech, Susan Conrad, and Edward Finegan, eds. Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Harlow: Pearson Education, 1999.
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