Oh boy… the possessive of "y’all" is "y’all’s"?

A little southern-style grammar for y’all this morning:

“Y’all,” being authentically Southern, does things differently. It adds an apostrophe and “s,” as though “y’all” were a noun. So the proper possessive of “y’all” is “Y’all’s.” The first apostrophe signals the omission of the letters “o” and “u” in “you all.” The second signals the possessive case.


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18 thoughts on “Oh boy… the possessive of "y’all" is "y’all’s"?

  1. I’m not sure I see the problem. Would you prefer “y’alls” with no apotrophe? Both apostrophes seem to me to be used correctly.

  2. That’s better than the midwesterner’s word for 2nd-person plural possessive. “You guys’s” Really rolls off the toungue, doesn’t it?

  3. Makes perfect sense to me. A group of people can possess something. What grinds me up is when an outsider uses y’all’s (or y’alls) as a plural.

  4. It’s a wonderful word and trumps “you guys” hands down. My wife is a Yankee, but she adapted to “y’all” and our other great invention, “fixin’ to”, very quickly and now couldn’t manage without them.

    The plural can be either “y’all” or “all of y’all” with the “o(f)” barely voiced and sounding as if it were “all y’all”. The possessive would be “y’all’s”.

    My pet peeve is the common practice, both in the South and elsewhere, to spell it as “ya’ll”. I grind my teeth and clench my fists whenever I see that.

  5. “Ya’ll” is actually correct. It is based on the use of “ya” instead of you, therefore the apostrophe is representing the omitted “a” in “all”

    “Y’all” is used if you are meaning to leave out the “ou” in “you.”

    Most Southerners us “ya” instead of “you,” making “ya’ll” perfectly acceptable.

    • NOPE. you all=y’all. The apostrophe represents the missing “ou” from the word you. Te apostrophe is placed between the y and the a.

  6. I was going to write something negative about all of the comments, but I decided, “hey, there’s enough hate in the world.”

  7. Y’all is already plural, short for “you all”. To use y’all when addressing a single person is incorrect.

    “All y’all” is widely used, but redundant.

    “Y’all guys” is popular in Oklahoma, even when addressing women.

  8. OK, I can’t believe no one has said this. Y’alls should NOT contain a second apostrophe, just as “yours” and “hers” does not. It’s a PRONOUN.

  9. Being from the south…I just now realized that I use “y’all’s” all the time. Thank you. Thank you apostrophe abuse for opening my eyes.

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