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    Guys for girls

    Hello.
    When I am addressing two or more males (eg. colleagues) sometimes I can use the word "guys". There are people at work that use that.

    What if I want to address two or more female colleagues. Is then guys appropriate?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help.
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    Re: Guys for girls

    Some native-speakers use it for both genders. But I guess some of your female co-workers may say; " Hey! I'm not a guy".

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    Re: Guys for girls

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    Hey, you guys! would sound more AmE

    Hey, you lot! would rather be BrE

    Both phrases refer to a group of persons and work for both genders as well. I personally would prefer to use the BrE one. Otherwise, you can say Hey, you ladies!

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    Re: Guys for girls

    "Ladies" is indeed a good choice, but not with "you."

    Hey, ladies, what's up? Morning, ladies.

    Hey, guys! is generally okay for either gender, but you may find some prickly women who will protest, as suggested above.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Guys for girls

    I once heard a guy (male ) greet a group of two girls with "hey dudes!". I guess it isn't a recommended way though.

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    Re: Guys for girls

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello.
    When I am addressing two or more males (eg. colleagues) sometimes I can use the word "guys". There are people at work that use that.

    What if I want to address two or more female colleagues. Is then guys appropriate?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help.
    Best Regards
    Alex.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Dervast.

    (1) When I was younger way back in the 20th century, there was

    a word for the opposite of guys.

    (2) It was gals.

    (3) In the 21st century, I guess most women would not appreciate

    being called a gal.

    (4) I just googled and discovered that it may be the way certain

    speakers in a certain part of London pronounce girl.

    (5) Also, some American men used to refer to women as dolls.

    I believe that this would not be a good idea nowadays.

    (6) Maybe you should just ask your female co-workers what term

    they are comfortable with.

    (7) You are very wise to be very careful. Nowadays in the

    United States (and other English-speaking countries???), people

    are super sensitive about how people address them. One wrong

    word can get you dismissed from your job!!!

    Thank you

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    Re: Guys for girls

    As a female of the species, I'd rather be addressed with "Hey guys" than "Hey ladies" though that's probably just because "lady" conjures up an image of someone a good few years older than me, grey-haired and who knits and makes jam!

    In order of preference, I'd like to hear:

    Hey/hi guys
    Hey/hi girls
    Hey/hi, you lot
    Hey!
    Hiya!

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    Re: Guys for girls

    In the American south they handle this problem neatly with the all-inclusive "Hi, y'all!" However, "y'all" just doesn't sound the same when said by a Yankee.

    Anyway, in AmE "Hi guys" is certainly OK when addressing a group of men, or a group of women, or a group of mixed gender. Sometimes very persnickety women might get huffy and say "I'm not a guy," but in my opinion a lady who makes such a remark is not truly offended and are just seeking attention or make a habit out of always being disagreeable. She knows that you did not mistake her for a male, and that your comment was intended as an overall friendly greeting. If she is offended by being casually referred to as "guy," then she'll probably also be upset if you drink your cup of tea without extending your pinky finger.

    If you want to be completely gender-neutral, you can always say "Hi, all!" or "Hello there!" or "How is everyone today?"

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    Re: Guys for girls

    I would like to thank everyone for the nice replies.

    Best Regards
    Alex.

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