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I'm confused about the need to add the word both when using you as a plural that refers to more than one individual.

T/e first you sentence also refers to two people:

We look forward to meeting you this evening as well as getting to know you both over the coming year.

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    I wouldn't have known there were two people if you hadn't put "both". Maybe it would be different in context. – trpt4him Aug 22 '13 at 18:12
  • There's a need to use "both" only if it is otherwise unclear. If it's not unclear, go with whatever seems natural. – TrevorD Aug 22 '13 at 23:56
  • In older English, we had the luxury of "thee" vs "you". – Blessed Geek Aug 23 '13 at 4:31
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Both emphasises the speaker's interest in the two people.

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  • So the sentence is correct "as is", and the use of "both" in the later part of the sentence places greater emphasis on the "getting to know" portion? – user50311 Aug 22 '13 at 18:15
  • Yes, but I prefer to say that it's grammatical. – Barrie England Aug 22 '13 at 18:40
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You're talking to both people, and they know "you" means both of them; but you can only look at one person at a time, so use "both" to ensure.

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