This phrase is in constant use by many lately , just to appreciate a person in something.

But I personally feel there's some problem in this - "You are the best" makes better sense.

Is this even grammatically correct to use it? OR is there any alternative?


If it's a command, then it's correct. For example a coach could say to a player, if you want to win, you be the best!

  • Although not forbidden, imperatives of the second person seldom include an explicit subject. Exceptions would be things like “You tell ’em, Rocky!” and “Go thou and do likewise.” – tchrist Feb 18 '18 at 16:33

If it is, indeed, used "just to appreciate a person in something," then I would venture to say that depending on whose mouth it emanates from, that it would be a form of mocking someone else's dialectical pattern for "you are the best". A poor attempt at humor with resultant racist undertones. Not nice.

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