“You hear about how nice it is there, and I thought, "Yeah, OK." But it totally lives up to the hype.”
You went to Hawaii for the first time on vacation. Now you're back at work and you're telling a coworker about your trip. You explain how much you enjoyed it.
You hear about how nice it is there, and I thought, "Yeah, OK." But it totally lives up to the hype.
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The word "you" doesn't always mean the person who you're directly speaking with. Sometimes it means "people in general" or "anyone".
Here are some examples of "you" used in a general way:
In very formal English, you can use "one" instead of "you":
One is able to convey subtle nuances through face-to-face communication that are not possible to convey through other means.
When you want to talk about the level or amount of a quality, you use the phrase "how ___ something is". For example, if it's been raining a lot and the ground is really wet, you can say:
I can't believe how wet it is.
Another example is when you meet someone who's famous and seems unfriendly, but he is actually a nice guy when you meet him:
"Living up to" something means meeting or matching an expectation that someone has. Here are a few things that something can "live up to":
live up to someone's expectations
live up to a positive review
live up to one's potential
You can use it like this:
"Hype" means really strong positive reviews or positive opinions about something. But "hype" itself is a negative word. So when you call positive reviews or opinions "hype", it means that you don't believe them.
Don't believe the hype.
There was a bunch of hype recently about this new social networking app. I can't keep up with all that.
Depending on how you say it, "Yeah, OK" can have several different meanings:
- It can mean that you don't believe what someone said.
He told me that he was a good dancer, and I was like "Yeah, OK." But it turns out he really is good.
- You can say this when you accept someone's offer.
A: Want to go grab lunch?
B: Yeah, OK.
- It can mean that you've understood what someone was saying and now you're annoyed with them.
A: Don't forget to call me when you get there.
B: Yeah, OK, mom. I've got it!