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Adults should learn their role in society even if you don't like to live in it.

There's a mismatch in pronoun here, is this ok? I thought it was ok, because the pronoun you is general and can be used to refer to anyone and nost a particular person you're directly talking to. Is this correct or not?

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I agree that there is a mismatch. I would suggest either

Adults should learn their role in society even if they don't like to live in it.

or

As an adult, you should learn your role in society even if you don't like to live in it.

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Adults should learn their role in society even if you don't like to live in it.

In this case, the pronoun you is generally interpreted as a non-referential you. The non-referential you is just a less formal variant of one and used to talk about people in general (Huddleston & Pullum, 2002: 1467). So in this case, you refers to people in general, including the adults.

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