Is there an algorithm of identifying different forms of "You" in a sentence AKA How to parse an English sentence

How do I tell if "You" is used as a subject or an object in a sentence?

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You should use a Natural Language Processing tool or library. There are a wide range mentioned in and you can use the one most suitable to your problem or language.

Most of these will carry out Part-of-Speech tagging (POSTagging) which identifies nouns, prepostions, etc. Then they will group the POS into NounPhrase, verbPhrase, etc. In simple terms:

You see the cat

is parsed as

NP (PP you) VP (VB see DT the NN cat)


the cat sees you

is parsed as

NP (DT the NN cat) VP (VB sees PP you)

(schemes of POS vary)

The "you" is a personal pronoun (PP) and if it occurs in the VP it's an object.

It gets more complicated than this, but this is a start

NLP. See

An engine you might want to try (I don't have the rep to comment being new to SE), the Attribute Logic Engine (ALE). Came across it in a grammar class in college. It's written in Prolog, which is a good language to understand if you're into Natural Language Processing, albeit a bit (read VERY) confusing.


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