What does the following sentence mean in this video at 01.14.

Suicide is now the number one cause for teenagers from 12 to 18.

And he adds:

It hurts everyone inside, but they're not doing something.

Is it clear for you whom he refers by "they"?

Cause can mean a long-term belief like your values and you can fight for it or it can mean a reason of something. However, either usage does not makes a sense for me for this sentence.

2 Answers 2


It can also mean

something that brings about an effect or a result

The second sentence is a bit sloppy, but "they" refers to "everyone" and means "people in general."

  • Thank you. When I looked at the definition 1b on the link you gave , it means reason of something as I mentioned in my question and it says "...cause of the accident". However, in the original text, there is no result or cause of something. Does he imply death among teenagers?
    – Mrt
    Jul 18, 2020 at 0:19
  • Yes,"of death" is implied.
    – Mary
    Jul 18, 2020 at 1:40

The speaker made a mistake in speech. He meant to say "Suicide is the number one cause of death for teenagers from 12 to 18."

If he had mentioned causes of death in the previous sentence, the words could be omitted, but he didn't, so I think it's simply a mistake due to nervousness.

  • Or there was a sentence before this that was left out. Which seems a lot more likely to me.
    – gnasher729
    Jul 18, 2020 at 14:03
  • @gnasher729 Do you mean that it was edited out of the video? That doesn't seem too likely. Jul 18, 2020 at 17:19

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