It used to be the case that for the second person singular we would use "thou" and for second person plural we would use "you". These days, the "thou"s have been replaced with "you" except perhaps in the Southern USA.

Now, what if I want to emphasize that I'm addressing the plural rather than the singular? e.g. when talking to a person who's also representing a group? Would it sound super-weird if I said: "Pleased to make you all's acquaintance" instead of "Pleased to make your acquaintance"? Is there another way to say that?

Edit: The register of this phrase would be somewhat informal, almost tongue-in-cheek, within a formal encounter with the representative of the group.

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    It would sound super-weird. But then so would 'I'm pleased to meet you all' when talking to one person, no matter how many others they were representing. Sep 8, 2017 at 10:26
  • In some places, "Pleased to make you all's acquaintance" would be OK. Some places they have youse for you-plural. But do not assume either of these in general.
    – GEdgar
    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:39
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    The context can help: "Hello everyone. Pleased to make your acquaintance."
    – Lawrence
    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:48
  • See english.stackexchange.com/questions/361217/… regarding youse as a plural second person pronoun
    – k1eran
    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:34
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    @GEdgar Are there really places where they say "you all", rather than "y'all"?
    – Barmar
    Sep 9, 2017 at 0:57

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As mentioned in the comments, there are some regions where people say "you all" (or more commonly the contraction "y'all") or "youse", but they're not considered standard English. I don't think there's a single word for the plural "you", but you can say "all of you" to emphasize that you're addressing a group.

I'm very please to meet all of you.


You would make changes elsewhere in the sentence.

In the example you provided there are a few options:

  • Pleased to make your acquaintances.

  • Pleased to make all of your acquaintances.

These are clues that you mean more than one person.

To add to the commenters, yinz is another informal second person plural to accompany youse and y'all.

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