Date: Sat, 21 Oct 1995 15:06:28 -0400 From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" Subject: Re: y'all, singular usage? From my travels and experience, it would seem the difference between "y'all" and "you" is informal vs. formal, an invitation or request vs. a direct order. "Would you step out of the car, please" is a direct order; if the officer used "y'all" in this situation, the driver in question would take his sweet time getting out of the car, if indeed he bothered to at all.