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    'You guys'

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    Recently I saw an ESL programme on TV where some students were doing a debate. I noticed that most of the students (the speakers in the debate team) kept saying, "You guys mentioned that...." and "The point that you guys raised was......" Isn't it rude to refer to people you are speaking to as 'you guys' in a formal situation like a debate? The programme was aired on NHK Channel 3 (in Japan) and even the teacher said, "You guys did a great job." The teacher sounded like an American. Do the British and other English native speakers speak like that, too?

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    I would say that 'you guys' is part of the mores, nowadays. So you can hear that everywhere and at any time in the USA in particular. For it would rather be 'you lots' in the UK - according to a thread on the same matter


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    Re: 'You guys'

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    I would say that 'you guys' is part of the mores, nowadays. So you can hear that everywhere and at any time in the USA in particular. For it would rather be 'you lots' in the UK - according to a thread on the same matter


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    "You lot" [note that "lot" is singular] or "You guys" will both be heard in the UK.

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