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If I want to say to a group of people that they are each other's friends, can I say:

You're friends.

or should absolutely say:

You're each other's friends

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    One common related phrase to know is "We're all friends here." which you would use if you're trying to make a group of people comfortable (for instance, to share information with everyone in the room). You would use it if you're trying to remind everyone that it's not necessary to act defensively or worry that anyone (including the speaker) is trying to harm anyone else present. Feb 22, 2016 at 18:31
  • I just want to know if "You're friends" is GRAMMATICALLY right or not.
    – Reza
    Feb 22, 2016 at 21:25

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I think I got your point, the answer is Yes

In standard English, you is both singular and plural; it always takes a verb form that originally marked the word as plural, (i.e. you are, in common with we are and they are).

From Wikipedia

That means while using "You", you are already referring to the group of people, and thus making the "friends" or other adjective/adverb/clauses/etc. pointing to all subjects of "You".

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You're friends. (meaning: You are friends.)

is fine. But when spoken this might be misunderstood as:

Your friends

which has a different meaning. I would use one of these:

You are friends.
You are each other's friends.
You are friends with each other.

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To avoid confusing "your" and "you're," it's important to really pronounce the "you" in "you're." "Your" sounds more like [yoh-r] in American English.

In addition to what user3169 said, you could also say:

You're all friends.

or

You all are friends.

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Your sentence is grammatically correct, however the context is important.

Usually when speaking about a small group of people (say 4 or less), one would could say

you're friends
Why were you fighting with him? You're friends, aren't you?

The three boys are friends of each other

When speaking to or about a group of people, one would usually say

you're all friends
Settle down team, no need to argue, we're all friends here.

The team are all friends of each other

"You're friends" can also work with groups, but all usually gets added to emphasize the whole.

"Each other" is implied when speaking about friendship between people, it can be used for emphasis or if there is ambiguity between whether the friendship is between two people, or between the two people and a third person.

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