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Is it correct to say "Don't YOU cry" instead of "Don't cry". I mean that I know that usually people you the second form (don't cry) but my question if there are cases that the first form (Don't YOU cry) is correct.

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Yes, it is correct. The imperative does not usually have a subject, but we can use a noun or a pronoun to make it clear who we are speaking to. "You" is emphatic in this case.

  • You take your hands off me!
  • Don't you believe it!
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  • It's not wrong, but I think it has a slightly colloquial, maybe patronizing connotation. I wouldn't use it in formal speech or writing. Nov 21, 2015 at 4:30

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