“You know” in spoken English

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How to use “you know”

Why is “you know” most commonly used in spoken English. Or to phrase it differently, why do native speakers use this expression a lot in spoken English? Is it a good way of speaking? Does it have to do anything with a particular country, culture, etc?


In most cases it’s a space-filler with no meaning at all other than “er…”; or it means “well you do know, just give me a few moments to think of what it’s called…”

“Where are you going?”
“I’m going to the, you know, shopping mall.”

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