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you know (1)

This page is about the conversational phrase you know (1)


You can say this to let someone know you really mean what you're saying.

For example

  • "I worry about you, you know."
    "There's nothing to worry about, Mum. I'm fine."

  • "The government's cutting funds for education."
    "Education's really important, you know. They shouldn't be doing this."

Quick Quiz

"I love you, you know" is closest in meaning to

a. I really do love you

b. you know that I love you

c. I know that you love me too

Contributor: Matt Errey