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y'all

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Etymology

Contraction of you all.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /jɑːl/

Pronoun

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y'all (possessive: y'all's), also you all

  1. (mainly Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The plural of you. Used to refer to more than one person; when addressed to only one person, it refers to that person and others not present.
    Y’all are always welcome here.

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Usage notes

The form y'all is seen primarily in the South of the United States and nationwide in AAVE, while youse is seen primarily in various parts of the Northern United States, particularly Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.

Notwithstanding its etymology, the all in y’all is merely a plural marker, not a quantifier. Thus, just as us may refer either to some of us or all of us in standard English, y’all may refer either to some of y’all or to all [of] y’all.

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