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View Poll Results: What 2nd Person Plural do you (or y'all) Use?
Y'all 27 47.37%
Yous 4 7.02%
You 22 38.60%
Yinz 4 7.02%
Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-15-2011, 03:18 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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"You Guys" is not always grammatically correct. A guy is a man. It still sounds weird to me when a girls says to a group of girls "you guys". Its only correct IMO when you're talking to an all-male group.
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:23 AM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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Default you guys, y'all, all-y'all

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"You Guys" is not always grammatically correct. A guy is a man. It still sounds weird to me when a girls says to a group of girls "you guys". Its only correct IMO when you're talking to an all-male group.
I agree "you guys" wouldn't be best for this situation. Our plural pronouns should be gender-neutral (you, your, them, theirs, etc.). I know I'm guilty of using "you guys" all the time (and even "you guys'" as a plural possessive) but since moving to the south I've learned how awkward that sounds.

I like "y'all" and I wish my folks in the north would use it too; I try not to use it around them but it's so much easier! A few have said though that "y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is used for more than one person. Maybe that's only sometimes, not for everyone. I still can't get over "y'all" used for one person and "all y'all" sounds really odd.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Second person plural should be one word, and not gendered. You guys shouldn't be considered acceptable as a second person plural, it's more like an improvisation in the absence of one.
The post is not titled "which second person plural is correct?"

It is asking which one that people use.

A lot of people say "you guys," whether it is correct or not. Whether it sounds good or not. People say it. That's why I asked why it wasn't included. The poll is flawed.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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The post is not titled "which second person plural is correct?"

It is asking which one that people use.

A lot of people say "you guys," whether it is correct or not. Whether it sounds good or not. People say it. That's why I asked why it wasn't included. The poll is flawed.
Ok, you're right, sorry, the poll should be "which one should we use" rather than "which one do you use".
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago metro
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Y'all and you guys. Rarely you all.

You by itself sounds too personal, although technically is the most proper out of all the choices.

I never heard of Yinz- it's so foreign sounding.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Y'all is the only one I use in speech. I say you all when I'm here sometimes.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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Yinz is Pittsburghese. It's a contraction of You ones
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Default Map

Definitely "y'all" for me.

On a related tangent, here is a good and consise map on the topic (according to a dialect study done at Harvard University).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8d/Yall_US_Map.svg/800px- (broken link)
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:15 PM
 
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I agree "you guys" wouldn't be best for this situation. Our plural pronouns should be gender-neutral (you, your, them, theirs, etc.). I know I'm guilty of using "you guys" all the time (and even "you guys'" as a plural possessive) but since moving to the south I've learned how awkward that sounds.

I like "y'all" and I wish my folks in the north would use it too; I try not to use it around them but it's so much easier! A few have said though that "y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is used for more than one person. Maybe that's only sometimes, not for everyone. I still can't get over "y'all" used for one person and "all y'all" sounds really odd.
Yeah, that's wrong. They're confused. "Y'all" is definitely plural, always. You can say it to one person, but it always refers to more than one person. So I could say to a friend, "What are y'all doing for Christmas?" and my friend would automatically assume that I was talking about him and his family because you never say "y'all" when referring to just one person.

"All y'all" is different. It's means "each and every one of you" Always used for more than 2 people.

For instance, if I say "All y'all are wearing the same shoes." I'm emphasizing that every single person is wearing the same shoes. It's more about emphasis, but it can also be a way to express "extra plural"

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Old 12-15-2011, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago Suburbs
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You guys. I hate saying it, I wish I could learn something that sounded more "proper".
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