The pronoun 'you' can be used both as a singular and a plural pronoun. However, it is never paired with 'is' and always with 'are'.

Why is it that 'you' is considered plural?

My guess would be that it has something to do with its etymology: perhaps it was derived from a plural form which is why it remains so to this day. However, if anyone has any further clarification that would be greatly helpful.

  • It's never used with 'am' either. The conjugation of 'be' is the most irregular one found in English, and has ended up as am///are///is/is/is/is///are///are///are. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 26 '19 at 13:53
  • you is is widely used, but not widely accepted by the guardians of many of the forms of English encountered around the world. – High Performance Mark Oct 26 '19 at 14:24
  • Yes, it is plural. Explained here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%E2%80%93V_distinction – peter.slizik Oct 26 '19 at 15:21

Edwin Ashworth rightly pointed out you is never followed by either am or is.

Strictly speaking you is plural and thou is singular. Even singular they is followed by a plural verb but an indefinite article.

Thou art great my Lord.

You are a teacher. ( one person)

You are all welcome.( more than one person)

They are a great teacher( when gender is not known)

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  • I think my answer is downvoted because I have answered an irrelavent question? – successive suspension Oct 26 '19 at 14:39
  • Yes, that's right: as a subject, you is always plural for purposes of numeric concord with the verb it governs. I was, thou wert, he was, we were, you were, they were. – tchrist Oct 26 '19 at 15:39

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