We

'We' is the first person plural pronoun. In this part, we will go through its uses and grammatical rules in the English grammar.

How to Use "We" in the English Grammar

We is a first-person plural pronoun. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'We' as a Subject Pronoun

Use

We as a subject pronoun is mainly used by the speakers to refer to themselves. It can be used to emphasize the subject or to include readers or listeners in academic contexts. We can also be used in a royal context or to persuade or encourage someone to do something. Take a look:

  • We is used by the speaker or the writer to refer to themselves and other people as a group. Take a look at the following examples:

My friends and I have a great plan. We will travel to Italy this July.

We have to walk there.

  • We can be emphatic and comes before a noun or a noun phrase to emphasize the subject. For example:

We constructors request a raise.

We students outnumbered our teachers.

  • We is used in academic contexts to show that the speaker or the writer likes to include the audience or the reader. Take a look at the following examples:

As we discussed in Chapter 9, the only living thing is on the Earth.

We will discuss this topic later.

  • In the past, kings, queens, judges, etc., used 'we' instead of 'I.' This is called 'the royal we' or 'majestic plural.' For example:

We shall discuss this with our people in the morning.

As of now, we shall have the guards double-check everything.

  • We can be used instead of 'you' with a tone of persuasiveness, condescension, or sarcasm. We is also used instead of 'you' to encourage or admonish a child. For example:

How are we this fine at 6 a.m.?

My darling, shall we take our medicine now?

This sentence could be 'will you take your medicine now?'

Position in a sentence

We as a subject pronoun replaces the subject. For example:

My professors and I love this topic. We will discuss it later.

'We' replaces 'my professors and I.'

Tip

In questions, we is replaced with you. Look:

A : We have to go there.

B : Why do you have to go there?

However, when the speaker asks questions about herself or himself and other people as a group, we is applied. For example:

Why are we staying here?

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