Asked • 06/04/19

Directing a negative statement to someone that is actually intended for the speaker itself?

In spoken English, sometimes people address the audience but in fact, they mean themselves. An example: > You haven't been attacked and fearful for your life and remained > optimistic the entire time. What they actually mean is the following: > I was attacked and I was fearful of my life and I remained optimistic > the entire time. You do not understand this because you haven't > experience it. Is this a known English grammar? Or is this something that have been discussed in Language or Linguistics studies?

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