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Can we say "you is" instead of "you are"?

For example;

"You is smart"

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    Based on the answers below and your specification of "grammatically" the answer is therefore "never" in correct English. – Peter Jennings Sep 10 '19 at 17:45
  • Agreed - it's wrong and you should never say it, even if you hear native speakers saying it. – TypeIA Sep 10 '19 at 19:25
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The only time you would hear "you is" for "you are" is in dialect forms of English. It is incorrect in standard English.

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When you are teaching someone that 'you' is a pronoun which has no singular form in Modern English.

  • Excellent. Or as lyrics. – Davo Sep 10 '19 at 14:29
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Is is singular, whereas are is plural.

Here is the simple answer from a question asked on ELU:

"you" is always plural. Or at least, it was so historically, and that has carried over into the present in verb conjugation.

The other answer that post offers:

is that "are" is the form of "to be" used for first person plural, third person plural, and both plural and singular in second person (with you). Thus, "are" with a singular "you" is also singular. It just looks exactly like the plural form. The same goes for "were" in the past tense, or for any other verb in second person: The form of the singular is identical to that of the plural.

Although I do think this isn't as simple.

In modern times, you is has crept in as a colloquialism (presumably stemming from this confusion), but is considered incorrect.

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