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Let's assume we have two men and two women. They seem like couples.

Can I ask this question?

Are you guys couples? (Are you four couples?)

Or is it grammatically incorrect? And I can only say:

Are you guys a couple?

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    Are you guys couples? (Are you two couples?). A "couple" is already 2 - if there were four couples, that would be eight people. Apr 29 at 11:31
  • "Are you guys couples?" seems OK. I don't see a grammar problem, anyway.
    – Maverick
    Apr 29 at 13:43

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"Are you guys a couple" ( When addressing only two people)

"Are you guys couples" (when asking more than two people)

I wouldn't go ahead with this, as it may confuse people. How would they know that you're asking them all?

Seems syntactically invalid and abnormal.

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"Are you guys' couples" works. It implies that there are two couples no matter who is with whom.

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    Guys' with an apostrophe doesn't work in writing: it changes the meaning of the sentence completely. It does work in speech because you can't see a spoken apostrophe.
    – Andrew Leach
    Apr 29 at 11:30
  • Guys' with an apostrophe doesn't work here because it's meaningless / syntactically invalid. Apr 29 at 11:33

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