In the states of the southern United States, there is some confusion among native speakers concerning the colloquial use of “you all”, generally pronounced as “y’all”. While this is colloquial and not considered formal grammatical use, it stems from the original use of the pronoun “you”, which is correct in the singular, but originally add “all” for the plural. However, after centuries of usage, amalgamation into other cultural groups, many people do not know that “Y’all come back now!” is only correct if speaking to more than one person. It is often used both ways.In English nouns are either singular, meaning only one, or plural, meaning more than one, but it is not always easy to tell which is which. This is because nouns can look differently than what they are, and the rules for identifying singular and plural state are based upon the language of origin of the word. Since English vocabulary comes from many other languages, and adds words adopted from them all the time there are many rules. English nouns can be:This means that English nouns are very flexible, but this makes them also very complex. Understanding this set of variations is not gained by memorizing rules, but rather by using the language and allowing the brain to learn. We have an inbuilt neural capacity for inference of rules, which is why we try so hard to make a rule for everything. However, we often know things but cannot explain them. One of the easiest ways to the nuances of English is by watching movies and talking about them to friends. They generally model common usage, and that is what these rules are built upon.There are also to kinds of nouns: concrete (table) and abstract (sadness). Concrete nouns are something we can see, hear, touch, smell, taste or otherwise establish as real with our senses. Usually, to make a regular noun, that is one which follows the general rules, we add “s” to the word. So table becomes tables. Sometimes with certain endings we add “es” as with “box”, which becomes “boxes” However; there are many more rules for those nouns that came from languages other than the Saxon types that were spoken in Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the German states (Mugglestone, 2006, p. Some of these words from other languages use different rules for pluralization, but even that is not always so. There
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