Us is the first-person plural pronoun. It is the object form of 'we.' In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.
'Us' as an Object Pronoun
- Us as a direct object receives the action of the verb. For example:
The government must treat
'Us' is after the verb.
- Us as an indirect object receives the action of the direct object. For example:
'The permission to...' is the direct object and 'us' is its recipient.
'Us' is before 'some porridge.'
- Sometimes us as a pronoun follows a preposition. In this case, 'us' becomes the object of the preposition. Here are some examples:
She is taller than
She bought some cookies for
'For' is a preposition.
Position in a Sentence
Us as a direct object comes after the verb, as an indirect object comes before the direct object, and as an object of preposition comes after the preposition. For example:
'Us' is the direct object.
'Us' is an indirect object and comes before the direct object.
She gave it to
'Us' is introduced by 'to.'
'Us' as a Royal Plural Pronoun
Us is also called 'royal plural' or 'majestic plural.' That means kings, queens, judges,... use us instead of 'me.' For example:
That soldier laughed at
We are the queen of this nation. Bow before
Editorial journalists, writers, and authors use us. That means that they are speaking on behalf of the company in which they work or they suppose that readers agree with them. Look at these examples:
As we mentioned before, speaking is an ability that helps
'Us' in Informal Contexts
Us is also used instead of 'you' for encouragement, sarcasm, and persuasiveness. For example:
Did those medicines make
Here, the doctor uses 'us' instead of 'you' to persuade the patient.