Recently I listened to this song "You is smart, you is important ..."

This is the link for this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H50llsHm3k

Can I say "you is" in place of "you are"?

Thanks in advance.

Best regards,

Hatem Amer

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    Can I sing the actual lyrics? Yes (but it's not my sort of music). Would I be down-marked in an essay for using this non-standard form? Almost certainly. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 19 '18 at 9:23

The pronoun you is second person, and the verb form is is third person singular; this combination would be considered as non-standard (and many may call it incorrect).

The standard ("correct") grammatical term would be “you are” (and, accordingly, "you were").

You can say "you is" if you wish, but most would look down upon your grammar, unless you're singing that song or quoting Aibileen from The Help.


always use "you are" It is not advisable to use "you is" either in verbal or written

  • Welcome to EL&U. It is an expectation of Stack Exchange that answers explain, not merely state. Why is "you is" not advisable? Why merely "not advisable" as opposed to outright "to be avoided"? I strongly encourage you to take the site tour and review the help center for additional guidance. – choster Apr 20 '18 at 19:16

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