Uses of "You all" and "We all"

davidtan

New Member
Malaysia Chinese
I would like to know in proper and correct usage of English, can I use "You all" and "We all" such as:

You all did a great job.
We all have had a tough time.
etc...

or should I change it to "All of you" and "All of us" as the correct one.

Thanks.
 
  • kayokid

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Personally, I think "all of you" and "all of us" is the better choice, particularly if this is something more or less formal. "You all" and "We all" in your example sentences are perfectly fine in everyday informal speech. People say this all the time.
     

    Wil_Estel

    Senior Member
    It depends on the formality of the situation. I would use "all of you" and "all of us" if I'm giving a speech, but "you all" and "we all" if I'm complimenting my colleagues.
     
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