Common mistake y'all (you all)

Common Mistakes in English Grammar: Using "Y'all" instead of "You All"

English is a vast and diverse language, with numerous regional variations and dialects. One such dialect that is commonly used in the Southern United States is known as Southern American English. This dialect has its unique grammatical features, one of which is the use of the word "y'all" as a contraction of "you all."

Informal Use of "Y'all"

While "y'all" is widely used in colloquial speech, it is important to be aware that it is considered informal in standard English. In formal or professional writing, it is best to use the phrase "you all" to address a group of people collectively.


  • Informal: Y'all should come over for dinner tonight.
  • Formal: You all are invited to join us for dinner tonight.

Avoid Repetition

Another common mistake is the redundant use of "all" after "y'all." In Southern American English, the word "all" is often mistakenly included after "y'all," resulting in the phrase "y'all all."


  • Mistaken: Are y'all all coming to the party?
  • Correct: Are y'all coming to the party?

By using "y'all all," the word "all" is repeated unnecessarily, as the contraction "y'all" already implies that the speaker is addressing a group of people.

It's essential to pay attention to these nuances in English grammar to communicate effectively in various situations. One way to ensure your written English is correct is by using a grammar checker tool like Linguix, which can help you identify and correct common mistakes.

y'all (you all) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    I will send an update to all of y'all.

    I will send an update to all of you.

  • Incorrect:
    Y'all don't know what I'm talking about.

    You all|All of you don't know what I'm talking about.

  • Incorrect:
    I'd like to correct the error I made in my last message to y'all.

    I'd like to correct the error I made in my last message to you all|all of you.

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