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Why is "you" plural?

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  1. Can be either singular or plural in English (consider "yourself" and "yourselves" as the reflexive forms). It's a magic word! Dialect forms try to make the distinction, ya'll.

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  2. It is both singular and plural in modern standard English. You as singular is a remnant of thou (singular in Old English); you as plural is a remnant of ye (plural in Old English).

    That's the simple explanation. There are any number of side issues (including how one addressed royalty and the effect that had on common usage), but that's the basic story.

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  3. Better than saying Ye to people.

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  4. "Because there are two of me."
    -From, "You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic"

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  5. well, in the south we handle it with "all y'all"

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  6. . . . and, in some parts of the US the plural is you'uns, which affects my bones like fingernails on a chalk board!

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  7. Thanks, everybody. You funny.

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