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    What does ""I don't know about you all." mean?

    "I don't know about you all."
    My question is that does this one mean "I don't know about you at all", or "I know you to some extent, but not in a big way" ?

    Thank you.


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    Re: What does ""I don't know about you all." mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    "I don't know about you all."
    My question is that does this one mean "I don't know about you at all", or "I know you to some extent, but not in a big way" ?

    Thank you.
    I think 'you all' = 'all of you'


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    Re: What does ""I don't know about you all." mean?

    I'm pretty sure you're right, Clark. If it was about a measure of knowing it would need an 'at'.

    "I don't know about you at all."

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    Re: What does ""I don't know about you all." mean?

    Again, context is everything!

    A group of people are trying to decide where to go for dinner. "I don't know about you all, but I'm in the mood for Mexican. Does that sound good to anyone else?"


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    Re: What does ""I don't know about you all." mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Again, context is everything!

    A group of people are trying to decide where to go for dinner. "I don't know about you all, but I'm in the mood for Mexican. Does that sound good to anyone else?"
    Good and plausible, Barb.

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    Re: What does ""I don't know about you all." mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Good and plausible, Barb.
    Yes, it really depends on the context.

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    Re: What does ""I don't know about you all." mean?

    not a teacher
    'you all' = 'all of you'
    'You all' is probably a literal translation from Chinese 'ni mern' meaning 'all of you' which is quite commonly spoken in Malaysia/Singapore(Manglish/Singlish).
    Manglish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Singlish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I don't about you all - I don't know about what all you have in mind (as Barb put it)


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    Re: What does ""I don't know about you all." mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    not a teacher


    'You all' is probably a literal translation from Chinese 'ni mern' meaning 'all of you' which is quite commonly spoken in Malaysia/Singapore(Manglish/Singlish).
    Manglish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Singlish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I don't about you all - I don't know about what all you have in mind (as Barb put it)
    'You all' is a perfect combination, it's not the result of inadequate translation.
    e.g. You all know that it is true. = All of you know that it is true.

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