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When leaving from work, how to say "see you" to colleagues? Which one is appropriate, "see you all" or "see you everyone"?

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Both sound awkward to me. I'd just say "See you". –  American Luke Aug 15 '12 at 21:55
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Suppose you were welcoming the people you're addressing, rather than saying you'll see them [later]? Would you say "Welcome you all", or "Welcome everyone"? I think in general when people (esp. Americans) say you all (or y'all) it's just the pluralised form of you as might be addressed to a single other person. –  FumbleFingers Aug 15 '12 at 21:59
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To me, "okay, well, see you all later/tomorrow" sounds perfectly fine (just replace the vowel sound in you with schwa). "See you everyone" sounds awkward. –  Xantix Aug 15 '12 at 22:40
    
@FumbleFingers your two options are inconsistent, you removed the 'you' to make "Welcome everyone," but didn't remove it in the other case to make "Welcome all" which sounds fine. –  Xantix Aug 15 '12 at 22:42
    
@Luke: Except in some parts of the (southern) U.S., one might hear "See you all later," albeit in its contracted form (i.e., "See y'all later...") –  J.R. Aug 16 '12 at 2:35

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From the ones you proposed, only see you all is correct, because "you all" equals "everyone."

Another example would be:

I have won everything.

Which equals to:

I have won it all.

On the same idea, "I have met everyone" equals "I have met them all."

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Interesting question. If you add later (without which, I’m not crazy about either option), then both options are possible, but in different ways:

See you all later!
See you later, everyone!

Here, everyone is a vocative. Compare:

See you later, guys/Jim!
Welcome, guys/Jim/everyone! (the last being FumbleFingers’ example above)

All has a more restricted use as a vocative, for reasons I don’t understand. For instance, Welcome, all! is (for me) ok, but there is a marked contrast between:

Pick up your pens, everyone, and begin
?? Pick up your pens, all, and begin

Swapping things around:

See you later, all!

is sayable (my father might use it), but it is completely impossible to say:

See you everyone later!

This is part of a systematic contrast:

Scots all are nice
Scots are all nice
*Scots everyone are nice
*Scots are everyone nice

You all are nice
You are all nice
*You everyone are nice
*You are everyone nice

All the girls are nice
The girls are all nice
*Everyone the girls are nice
*The girls are everyone nice

In short, everyone consists of a (quantificational) determiner (every) and a nominal element (one) and so leaves space other determines (the, you) or other nominal elements (Scots, girls). So, you can’t interpret you everyone as a single determiner phrase. Yet neither can everyone “float” away from a nominal, as all does in You are all nice. So, there’s just no grammatical parse of See you everyone later at all.

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