Yall, Yous, You'ns

The 'standard' Modern English dialect is singular in its lack of a 2nd person plural pronoun distinguishable from the 2nd singular. Clearly such a distinction is necessary for intelligent communication since all the dialects provide an informal one and all European languages have one. The author is from North Carolina and hence uses what is natural to him, not you all, but a true pronoun yall. Others may substitute the appropriate regional variant: yous (what is more natural than adding s to form the plural), you'ns (as in young'ns, big'ns, them'ns, etc.

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