It seems simple, right? Unfortunately, there are far too many people who write it as ya'll. Here's the skinny on why that's not correct:
- Y'all is simply a contraction of the words "you" and "all."
- Apostrophes are always placed in between words or phrases to show that letters have been omitted. Thus, you write y'all instead of ya'll because you've removed the "ou" from "you.
That's it! Go forth and show your friends from Texas (or even from Idaho, since there are plenty of westerners who use it, too) that you know how to write y'all properly.
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