“Remember guys: there's no 'I' in 'team'.”

English Lesson: Remember guys: there's no 'I' in 'team'.

You coach a high school basketball team. Some of the players don't want to pass the ball to each other because they want to be the ones to score points. You're giving a speech to tell them to pass more often, and you say this at the end.

Remember guys: there's no 'I' in 'team'.

guys

In English, there's not a really good word for addressing a group of people. In different parts of the country, people use different expressions when talking to a group. The expression I suggest is "guys". For example, at a restaurant with a large group of friends you can say:

Hey guys, are you ready to order?

"Guys" technically means a group of men, but it's usually OK to use it for groups of men and women, or even for groups of all women.

Remember: (sentence)

Tell people something that they should remember like this:

Remember: don't mx it too much, or it'll lose that nice texture.

You do this when giving people advice. It makes you sound like an expert or an authority. Don't speak this way to people who are more experienced or higher-status than you.

There's no "I" in "team".

This set phrase is often used to remind team members that they have to work together, and not be selfish.

It's based on a pun: when you spell the word "team", you don't use the letter "I'. On the other hand, the word "I" means "me". So this phrase means:

  • The team as a whole is important, not the individual members.
  • You don't use the letter "I" when you spell "team".

"There's no 'I' in 'team'" is very well-known. It's used a lot in team sports like soccer, basketball, etc. Most people are actually tired of hearing it, so don't be surprised if your teammates ignore you when you say this!


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