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    Default Question about plural personal pronouns.

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    "It is important for you to make (yourself or yourselves) available for trial.

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    Default Re: Question about plural personal pronouns.

    You have two options:

    You (singular)
    EX: It is important for you, Sam,to make yourself available for trial.

    You (plural)
    EX: It is important for you guys to make yourselves available for trial.

    I added in "Sam" and "guys" to show you how "you" can be both singular and plural. The trick is to make sure "you" and "yourself/youselves" agree in number. That is, take a look at the following ungrammatical (*) sentences:

    EX: It is important for you, Sam,to make *yourselves available for trial.
    EX: It is important for you guys to make *yourself available for trial.


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    Default Re: Question about plural personal pronouns.

    Casiopea is right. English has no second person plural except in the South where we say y'all (non-standard).

    My advice, however, is to avoid these types of ambiguities whenever possible.

    "It is important for you to be available for trial."

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    Default Re: Question about plural personal pronouns.

    Excellent advice.

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