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So what is the difference between using "ustedes" and "ellos"? Is ustedes just more formal, like in singular "usted" form? And "ellos" just used to be more specific in regard to gender?
A lot of people in the US do not say "you guys" or "you all" which is only used as colloquialisms in some parts of the US. "You" is used for plural as well as singular. If we are with a group and we want to address one person, we name the person before we start. Otherwise, we are talking to the group. If we don't know the person's name, we would describe the person. "You with the red sweater, I'll take your question next." "You on the bicycle, be careful, you almost knocked me down."