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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 12-13-2011, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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I know people in different parts of the country use different words for the second person plural. What do you use? I wish we could find a way to come up with a standard one for all English speakers because without it you (or is it y'all ) can get into some ambiguous situations.
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:50 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Just a side question....for second person plural posessive I tend to say "y'all's" is that grammatically incorrect? This person at work who is a stuck up Northeast princess tried to correct me on that though many of my friends say it too.

For example if you see another group of friends like 2-3 people and say where is y'all's car parked. I was born in Louisiana and live in Maryland now.
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:54 AM
 
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Just a side question....for second person plural posessive I tend to say "y'all's" is that grammatically incorrect? This person at work who is a stuck up Northeast princess tried to correct me on that though many of my friends say it too.

For example if you see another group of friends like 2-3 people and say where is y'all's car parked. I was born in Louisiana and live in Maryland now.
"Y'all" is simply a contraction of "you all", or "all of you". It's not so much incorrect as it is colloquial.
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:38 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Why isn't "you guys" an option?
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Why isn't "you guys" an option?
Seconded...?
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:57 AM
 
Location: The City
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Why isn't "you guys" an option?

agree and I am from Philly and never use the yous
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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Why isn't "you guys" an option?
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.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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Just a side question....for second person plural posessive I tend to say "y'all's" is that grammatically incorrect? This person at work who is a stuck up Northeast princess tried to correct me on that though many of my friends say it too.

For example if you see another group of friends like 2-3 people and say where is y'all's car parked. I was born in Louisiana and live in Maryland now.
if y'all's is simply the possessive form of y'all then yes it is correct.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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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.
But "you guys" is a commonly used and commonly accepted phrase for second person plural...?
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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I prefer "all of you".
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