Voi is an Italian pronoun used to address a group of people in a formal or informal way. It is the plural form of the singular pronoun tu (you).
Meaning: Second person plural pronoun (you all)
Voi siete i miei amici.
You all are my friends.
Meaning: Formal singular pronoun (you, sir/madam)
Voi siete molto gentile, signore.
You are very kind, sir.
Meaning: Third person plural pronoun (they)
Voi avete visto i miei amici?
Have you seen my friends? (referring to a group of people)
A1: Voi siete amici.
You are friends.
A2: Voi parlate italiano molto bene.
You speak Italian very well.
A2: Voi mangiate la pizza.
You eat pizza.
B1: Voi avete studiato per l'esame?
Did you study for the exam?
B2: Voi state lavorando troppo.
You are working too much.
B2: Voi avete viaggiato in Italia l'anno scorso.
You traveled to Italy last year.
C1: Voi sareste dovuti arrivare prima.
You should have arrived earlier.
C2: Voi avreste potuto fare di più per aiutare.
You could have done more to help.
C2: Voi avrete finito il progetto entro domani sera.
You will have finished the project by tomorrow evening.
In Italian, voi is used to address a group of people, whether it is formal or informal. It can be translated to 'you all' or 'y'all' in English. The use of voi depends on the context and the relationship between the speaker and the group being addressed.
In formal situations, such as business meetings or when speaking to strangers, it is common to use the formal version of voi, which is voi Lei. This shows respect and politeness towards the person or group being addressed. In informal situations, such as among friends or family members, the informal version of voi, which is simply voi, can be used.
It is important to note that in some regions of Italy, especially in the south, the singular form of voi (voi singolare) is used instead of tu when addressing a single person in an informal way. This usage is not standard Italian and may sound strange to speakers from other regions.