One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself and one or more other people as the object of a verb or preposition.‘let us know’Compare with we‘we asked him to come with us’‘both of us’
- 1.1 Used after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as”‘it's us or them’‘they are richer than us’
- 1.2North American informal To or for ourselves.‘we got us some good hunting’
- 1.1 Used after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as”
2informal Me.‘give us a kiss’
Is it correct to say they are richer than us, or is it better to say they are richer than we (are)? See personal pronoun and than
one of us
A person recognized as an accepted member of a particular group, typically one that is exclusive in some way.
- ‘Perhaps that means she's still one of us, or perhaps it means she has genuine star quality.’
- ‘When Gary and I first trained together, one of us would be half a stride ahead of the other.’
- ‘Surely this is what every one of us would want for future generations who are going to live, work and play in the town.’
- ‘Living a good life and allowing others to do so is the good option available to each one of us.’
- ‘We all pay the price for our disastrous council, every single one of us who resides in this borough.’
- ‘Then one of the teams on next was short a player, and asked us if one of us would play.’
- ‘Each one of us in our own small way has the potential to create positive change in others.’
- ‘But it was no problem for one of us to pop down to a shop close by and buy some for ourselves.’
- ‘When the first dolphin jumped out of the water I don't think there was a single one of us who didn't cry out.’
- ‘My youngest daughter was the only one of us who never found these visits difficult.’
us and them (or them and us)
Expressing a sense of division within a group of people.‘negotiations were hampered by an “us and them” attitude between management and unions’
- ‘In the 1995 debate on capital-gains tax cuts he said, ‘This week defines the difference between them and us.’’
- ‘‘In this campaign, we welcome people of faith: America is not us and them,’ he said.’
- ‘He misled the trust board, his management style was perceived as ‘autocratic,’ and he was part of the ‘club culture which fostered a sense of them and us.’’
- ‘I'd tried so hard to unite us as a family and felt this was destroyed within an instant - it was us and them and they liked it that way.’
- ‘It comes down to perceptions of us and them: hound and fox, north and south, haves and have nots, rural rights and rural wrongs, country and town.’
- ‘If you can establish a correct working relationship, then it isn't a case of us and them.’
- ‘But society has moved on, and to some extent the church has moved on, and we are now living in a pluralist society where it's not just them and us.’
- ‘It immediately removes the sense of us and them, the bunker-like mentality which so often exists.’
- ‘Patriotism is just a name, a word dividing people, us and them.’
- ‘Perhaps it will always be them and us: players, managers and fans versus the ref, but for a change we hear the ref's perspective, thick of skin but quick of thought.’
Old English ūs, accusative and dative of we, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ons and German uns.
3British informal Unserviceable; useless.
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