"You is" vs. "You are", which one is correct?

"You is" vs. "You are", which one is correct? Topic: Pronoun case sentence examples
June 17, 2019 / By Alfie
Question: Why is "you is" incorrect while "you are" is correct? You is singular (in most cases), hence logically, it should be, "you is." But it's "you are." Take this sentence for example, "You are a woman." In this case, you, the person being talked about, is a single person. And "a" denotes, the person being talked about, is a singular woman. Which again makes no sense, she can only be one woman, she can't be multiple women. So really, no point of having "a" in the sentence. So, "You are a woman" (1) vs "You is woman" (2). Why is one (1) grammatically correct and the other (2) incorrect? Also, I am not sure if I put this question in the correct section >.> But in this case, you is singular. And usually when you is meant to be plural, it's said as "you all".. I also hope I get answers, other than, "because that's how it is".. I know that's how it is, which is why I am asking, WHY is it that way.. I KNOW YOU ARE IS CORRECT FORM, I KNOW ENGLISH, MY QUESTION IS.. WELL, IT'S UP THERE.. BUT TELLING ME THAT THAT'S HOW IT IS, IS NOT ANSWERING THE QUESTION...
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Tammara Tammara | 10 days ago
Excellent question. Originally, English had both singular and plural forms for second person pronouns. Subject singular: THOU Object singular: THEE Subject plural: YE Object plural: YOU In the Middle Ages English speakers started using just the plural forms of "ye" and "you." Eventually they dropped the "ye" and used "you" for singular and plural, subjects and objects. It's a great example of the evolution of language. As for why people made these changes, see the reference below.
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Rhoda Rhoda
"a" is a determiner. "a" isn't mentioning any woman specifically, but is mentioning a woman, therefore it's an "indefinite determiner". For a "direct determiner", you would use "the", where you would refer to the subject specifically. "is" is the 3rd person singular conjugation of the irregular verb "to be". Everything else, except for the 1st person singular, uses "are", including both the 2nd person singular AND plural. Using the conjugation of the 3rd person singular for the 2nd person is incorrect in every English dialect, except for African American English, where it is acceptable in dialogue only. EDIT: English used to use "ye" for 2nd person plural, but that has become obsolete.
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Milla Milla
You is NOT singular in most cases, and you don't choose the form simply because of singularity vs. plurality. It is ALWAYS you ARE, in English. Period. You are A woman vs You are (some) women. Just as common. BTW, by your logic, it should be I is, I has and you has, You was I speaks and you speaks, etc. ARE is simply the second person (singular AND plural) form of to be in the present tense. That's all. you simply can NOT apply third person singular forms to other persons. *edit* No. You plural is NOT "you all". That is actually substandard. WHY? Because that's how it was in Medieval English, which evolved from Old English, which evolved from Teutonic. And that's how it was in Teutonic, too. YOU evolved from the THOU form of Medieval English...Thou ART, which evolved into you are. Old English: þū eart I can't find a good example of the conjugated form in teutonic. You see, that would be difficult as it wasn't really a written language, and is referred to as a proto- language
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Liddy Liddy
YOU ARE is the correct usage. the word 'You' can be singular or plural so it is easier to use plural for both and will not confuse. In certain cultural areas in America, people say y'all and other areas say youse for the plural you. On the other hand 'I am' is used because 'I' can only be singular. Hope this helps you(singular).
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Juniper Juniper
Because verbs aren't just conjugated based on whether the subject is singular or plural; you also have to take into account what person the subject is. "To be" does indeed take "is" for the third person singular, but it takes "are" for the second person singular and "am" for the first person singular. All verbs do this: it's "The cat runs" in the third person singular but "I run" or "You run" in the first and second person singular. In short, because conjugation is based on whether the subject is singular/plural AND 1st/2nd/3rd person.
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Grace Grace
"Thou art" is singular, hence you use the singular "art", just as "am" in "I am" is singular. Art is unique to thou and is always singular. "You are" is plural, which is why we use "are". However, thou isn't used as often nowadays and we use the plural "you" instead. So it's to do with the history and development of the language. It's kind of like how "they" can be singular but we still use "are" rather than "is". eg. "If anyone else back talks me, they're (they are) going to regret it."
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Devnet Devnet
There isn't some "higher reason" for why it is correct. Those are just just the grammar rules that have been established for standard English. When you are talking ABOUT ONE person, it is "is" (he is...she is...my mom is....) but when you are talking directly TO a person/group or ABOUT a GROUP (and not an individual) then it is "are." (you are... they are...parents are). It can be confusing sometimes, but the best thing to do is to practice it in your writing, and read as much as you can until it just sinks in and becomes as natural as using a period.
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Candida Candida
The conjugation of the English verb 'to be' is I am You are You all are He is She is It is We are They are and in English whether you're addressing one person or a whole group it stays the same. so 'You is' is never correct. That's just the structure of the English language, each language has their own confusing things with grammar, no native English speaker would ever say 'you is'
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Amber Amber
Its actually a good question, logically it should be you is, unless the you is plural, but alas, its not. You Are is correct. However, I do not know why. I'm glad you asked, hope to get answers! BTW, you put it in the right category, you can also ask this in words & wordplay
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