you guys

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English[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

you guys

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, chiefly Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand) You (plural).
    Hey you guys!

Usage notes[edit]

  • The term guy is generally restricted to males, as in Was that a guy or a girl?, but the form you guys may be used for groups of any combination of genders whether it is all male, all female or any combination.
  • Unlike y'all or the French vous, you guys is typically used only as an identifier, meaning it is said only once in a short conversation, thereafter you is used. This is due to Modern English's lack of differentiation between singular and plural "you". For example:
    I'm going to be on the outside basketball court at noon if you guys want to practice. You should bring some water because it's going to be hot.
  • The most common possessive forms are you guys' and you guys's; your guys's (with a change of you to your) is nonstandard, limited to very colloquial or dialectal speech.

Synonyms[edit]

  • see the list of other second-person pronouns in you

See also[edit]