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    ''you guys''

    Hi there,
    I saw a movie the other day in which there was a group of girls living together in a house. Each girl said ''you guys" when addressing the rest of the group.
    I wonder whether it's a joke (the movie was a comedy) or whether ''you guys'' can really be used toward a group of girls.
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    Re: ''you guys''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi there,
    I saw a movie the other day in which there was a group of girls living together in a house. Each girl said ''you guys" when addressing the rest of the group.
    I wonder whether it's a joke (the movie was a comedy) or whether ''you guys'' can really be used toward a group of girls.
    Thanks.
    Yes, women often refer to their friends as "you guys".

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    Re: ''you guys''

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    Yes, women often refer to their friends as "you guys".
    Thanks!
    Is it OK for a man to address a group of women as "you guys"?
    Thanks.

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    Re: ''you guys''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    thanks!
    Is it ok for a man to address a group of women as "you guys"? only if he knows the women well enough to know they won't be offended
    otherwise he should call them 'ladies' or 'girls', depending on how informal he wants to be.
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    Re: ''you guys''

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    2006
    Yes 2006 is right! And if you are interested in learning more about why we say "you guys" you can watch the free video here. (You can find the text to the video here.)

    I hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by competence View Post
    Yes 2006 is right! And if you are interested in learning more about why we say "you guys" you can watch the free video here. (You can find the text to the video here.)

    I hope that helps.

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    Thanks! It helped a lot!
    One thing that drew my attention was the pace of the host's speech. I wish all natives spoke like him! It would be a piece of cake understanding any native speaking English!
    Thanks again!
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    Re: ''you guys''

    Generally speaking, a group of women would be much less offended being called "you guys" than "you girls." Once you are past a certain age, being called "girls" is demeaning, while being called (as a group) "guys" is simply informal.

    This only works in the plural: Come on, guys.

    Don't call one woman "a guy."

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    Re: ''you guys''

    This gender-neutral usage is recognized in the UK too. I know a teacher at a girls' school who addresses her younger pupils as "Ladies" (to emphasize the change from primary school), but she addresses her older students as 'you guys'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    This gender-neutral usage is recognized in the UK too. I know a teacher at a girls' school who addresses her younger pupils as "Ladies" (to emphasize the change from primary school), but she addresses her older students as 'you guys'.

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    Interestingly enough, when I was attending a convention in Southport, England, back in the late 1980s, I was chatting with a group of Brits for an hour or so. It was getting near dinner time, so I took the initiative and asked "Are any of you guys hungry? Want to get a pizza or something?" And the Brits immediately started chuckling. One of them explained to me (since I apparently had a look of confusion on my face), "it's just that 'you guys' is so American!" He added that the traditional British expression would've been "you lot."

    In any case, Barb made a very good point - never call an individual female "guy," but two or more won't be offended if you refer to them as "you guys." And unless you are close friends with the female in question, do NOT refer to her as "girl." I can't count how many times I had to grit my teeth when some executive at work referred to me as "girl" in the office... Sorry to prattle on about this, but it always irked me that in a work situation, no matter what age the female worker, the men usually referred to her as a "girl," while the males were never referred to as "boys."

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    The use of "guys" as a gender-neutral collective noun stirred up an interesting discussion among the linguaphiles at languagehat a little while ago.

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