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You guys and you folks seem to have similar meanings. Do they have any differences? Thanks a lot

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Both folks and guys are friendly informal words that are used to address, and sometimes refer to, groups of people. Folks is generally viewed as more respectful and polite and therefore tends to be used by adults talking to adults.

For example, someone might ask an elderly couple, "Do you folks need help with your luggage?"

Guys is even more informal than folks, and it carries a sense of close connection or friendship. It tends to be used by young people speaking to other young people who are friends or acquaintances, or by an adult addressing a group of young people. Below are some authentic examples of guys being used in conversation. As you can see, it is often used in the phrase, “you guys.”

For example, I’ll miss you guys too, but I’ll see you all in three weeks

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And which cultural perspective are you speaking from, because, as the other answer indicates, usage varies between countries and cultures? –  TrevorD Jul 17 '13 at 12:13
    
@TrevorD I am speaking from American English prospective –  DeepK Jul 17 '13 at 12:38
    
Thanks. I wondered because your location gives you as in India! And this usage does vary between countries. –  TrevorD Jul 17 '13 at 12:42

Seems to me to be a difference between American, English and Australian usage preference. In Australia I hear people say 'you guys' more often than 'you folks'. Other people might be able to suggest their experience.

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Thank you very much –  Diansonn Jul 19 '13 at 7:02

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