Can you use capital Y in you when adressing to more than 1 person?

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    I think people would probably interpret it as addressing God. Note that we don't capitalize 'they' or 'them'.
    – user888379
    Jan 8, 2019 at 16:13
  • Even using "He", "Him", "His", etc about God is somewhat archaic these days. Jan 8, 2019 at 16:35
  • @MichaelHarvey - You capitalize "you" when it's at the start of a sentence, don't you?
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 8, 2019 at 17:52
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    Marja Sittala: Only capitalise 'You' at the start of a sentence. Jan 8, 2019 at 18:18
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    Can you? Yes. Should you? Not unless you want to be thought strange. In some languages this may commonly be done, but not in English.
    – GEdgar
    Jan 25, 2020 at 22:32

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I do not think this is universally accepted or understood as referring to a group. In type, it would likely be viewed as a typo. Additionally, others have commented in this answer to the same end: "you" versus "You" as polite form of writing

  • Avoid saying “the below X” because this can sound stilted and even borderline unnatural to native speakers. Instead say “the following X” in especially formal written contexts, or merely this X” in the singular or these Xes” in the plural in many common and less exacting circumstances. Sometimes English-language learners don’t realize that they should use the demonstrative determiners this, that, these, those which native speakers customarily use for these cases.
    – tchrist
    Jan 25, 2020 at 17:37

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