“Y’all” is a superior plural pronoun. “Ain’t” is a perfectly good contraction. “Reckon” is a fantastic verb for describing when you are of an opinion. “Yonder” is the only word to describe that way over there.

@Thomas And "all y'all" is the perfect emphatic plural.

@auntiekiki @Thomas I use “all y’all” to differentiate between the entirety of an audience and some
narrower, but still plural, subset

you=one
y’all=two or more
all y’all=everyone who might referenced

Did you move up here before you met your partner? Y’all have how many kids? I’m glad your partner has a good job so all y’all have health coverage

Etc.

“Yonder” works the same but for a distance further beyond “there”

@adavidjohnson @auntiekiki @Thomas

Exactly. I've heard so many people on podcasts get confused by 'all y'all'. Like all slang, it doesn't seem natural outside of the dialect it arose in, but it has its own consistent grammar.

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