When you write, reserve you for direct address. That is, use you only when you are addressing the reader of your message, for instance, in an e-mail to a specific recipient or when writing instructions for an assumed audience: You will find references at the end of the book. Avoid the impersonal you in situations that require specific words identifying people, situations, or occurrences.
Poor: You must pass several exams before being allowed to practice accounting. [Here you is impersonal: The reader is not necessarily a future accountant.]
Improved: Future CPAS must pass several exams before being allowed to practice.
Rephrase the sentences below to avoid the impersonal you.
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