“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'.

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In English, there's not a really good word for addressing a group of people. If you're talking to one person you say "you":

How are you?

But there's some disagreement about what to say to a group of people. English speakers use different expressions depending on the region and dialect, but one common expression 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 mixed groups of men and women, or even for groups of all women.

In very formal situations, avoid calling a group of people "guys". Instead, use a phrase like "everyone":

Everyone, thank you for coming.

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!