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Y'ALL [jɑːl, jɔl, jəˈɔl] (also spelled as YA'LL and YALL) is an informal contraction for 'you all' or 'all of you'. 

"Are y'all going to the game tonight?"

Y'all is strongly associated with Southern AmE where it's incredibly common and used by people from all walks of life.

"I'm from Houston and I use y'all all the time, even though I went to Yale."

Y'all has been called "perhaps the most distinctive of all grammatical characteristics" of Southern AmE, as well as its most prominent characteristic. 

"Y'all come back now, y'hear!" 

People who move to the South from other regions often adopt the usage, even when other regional usages are not adopted.

"How's it going with y'all?" 

The form y'all is the most prevalent in print, being ten times as common as ya'll. Other less-common forms include yawl and yo-all.

"Y'all want to go grab some sushi." 

It's usually used as a plural second-person pronoun, but the usage of y'all as an exclusively plural pronoun is a perennial subject of discussion. 

"It's used to address two or more people. I live in Southern Alabama, and yes, I attended Harvard!"

While most Southerners hold that it's only properly used as a plural pronoun, strong counter evidence suggests that the word is also used with a singular reference, particularly amongst non-Southerners.

"Hey, what are y'all doing tonight?"

Some users state that when used in the singular, y'all conveys a feeling of warmth towards the addressee. 

"Okay, y'all?"

In this way, singular usage of y'all differs from French, Russian or German, where plural forms can be used for formal singular instances. 

"Ya'll be lucky if ya don't get a whippin' for doing it anyway."

The usage of 'y'all' can satisfy several grammatical functions, including an associative plural, a collective pronoun, an institutional pronoun, and an indefinite pronoun.

"Y'all better come hit this!" 

Y'all serves as a tone-setting device to express familiarity and solidarity. 

"I'll see ya'll later."

Y'all is transcending its regional status and possibly emerging as part of the national lexicon. Overall, the use of y'all has been increasing in the US, both within and outside the southern US. 

"Indeed, the phrase may be getting more popular than many people realize."

ALL Y'ALL, ALL YA'LLS, YALLS, ALL OF Y'ALL, and ALLS of Y'ALL are used by some speakers to indicate a larger group than is implied by y'all though this form can be considered incorrect, as being redundant. 

"Y'alls in the same family? Well, I'll be switched!" (refers to at least 10 people)

All y'all can also be used for emphasis; the existence of the form is further evidence that y'all is considered a fused grammatical form.

"All ya'll be sorry if ya do that after ya were told not to!" 

The existence of the possessive form y'all's indicates that y'all functions as a pronoun as opposed to a phrasal element. The possessive form has not been standardized; numerous forms can be found, e.g. y'alls, y'all's, y'alls's, you all's, your all's, and all of y'all's.

"Yall's radiator exploded 'cause yall used that car in the demolition derby last weekend."

Outside the southern US, it's most closely associated with African-American Vernacular English. African Americans took Southern usages with them during their exodus from the South. In urban African-American communities outside of the South, this usage is prominent.

"How y'all doing." 

Y'all is part of a regional US dialect and is usually out of place in formal writing outside of direct quotations. 


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