Do both convey the same message, or not?

  1. I hope you all are doing well.
  2. I hope you are all doing well.

It occurs to me that the same thing happens with both when I'm only addressing two people rather than more than two:

  1. I hope you both are doing well.
  2. I hope you are both doing well.

I'm sure that the first of each pair addresses more than one person, but I'm not sure if it is as “grammatically correct” as the second from each pair where the quantifier follows the verb instead of the pronoun.

I just wanted to check up on my friends but I'm not sure which one I should use; I'm a non-native speaker.

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    Both convey the same message, but the second is what most native speakers would say. (I know you all is used in some parts of the USA when addressing several people.) Commented Nov 17, 2019 at 9:19
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  • why would you think they're not grammatically correct? anyway you they are: both sets... perhaps '... you each are doing well' would be a little "iffy" for some folks, as compared to '... you are each doing well' Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 1:56
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Y'all shouldn't be askin' these questions. Chucks, almighty! You folks figgerin'on gettin' here with us Texans? "I hope you ARE ALL doing well." "You all" is American dialect (especially Texan, as far as I know).

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    Cripes on a crock, what's wit’ all th’ cussin’ an’ on a Sondee no less! I bet Misser Colina is just one person, not a whole gaggle of ’em! Cuz doncha know tha’ mos’ly Only In Texas™ is yall an ack-chew-well sing’lar, what with allyall bein’ those folkseses’ plural.
    – tchrist
    Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 1:29
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    Ah'm so sorry Sir, if Ah despleesed yah. Ah wuz jussa tellin' them Limey folks how dey should conduct demselves. I deeply un honestly apologize to you folks down dere in Texas. Ah'm jussa shtupid sonofagun from Britain, England. Guess what? I love Texas. I was there in 2003-4, with my fiancee from Pennsylvania who resided there. I love your state, especially now, with Pete Buttigieg and Julián Castro. I was at the Alamo. (Too late to save Davy or the Colonel, though.)
    – Ruud
    Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 2:34

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