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I found a very short sentence on tatoeba.org. All it says is, "给你。"

That literally means "Give you," but what does it really mean? My best guess is that I could say it as I give something to you, kind of like, "Here you go."

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Your guess is correct. You use it when you hand over or give something. You can translate it as "there you are, here you are, here you go".

For example a teacher might say it while handing out some study material. A student of course should use 给您 when handing in his exam papers.

You can also add what you are giving. For example 给你一本书.

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and you could even simply say "给" in this situation, which is casual or could be not impolite. –  Huang Jul 29 '12 at 4:58
    
I think I've also heard "拿着" in that sense, would that make sense? I couldn't find many example sentences online. –  Clément Feb 21 at 20:25

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