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Old 12-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
RedCatWaves
 
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Default Hey Y'all English Know-it-alls

I want to talk about the word: Y'all

It's a contraction of "you" and "all". A distinctly southern/country thing.

But is it "proper" or "formal" english?

I think it's informal and grammatically incorrect. I think that "you" is both singular and plural and if you feel the need to pluralize "you" in formal writing, you should probably find a different way to say it than to add in "all", whether contracted or not. But I've been told I'm being stupid.

Am I stupid?
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