We and us are pronouns, and people sometimes use them before nouns. Do you know when to use we and when to use us?
Subjects tell us whom or what a sentence is about. Most of the time, subjects come at the beginning of the sentence.
Sometimes, subjects come later in the sentence.
We is a pronoun. Pronouns can perform different jobs in sentences, but the only job that the pronoun we can perform is the job of the subject. (Pronouns that act as subjects should be in what we call the nominative or subjective case.)
When you want to use we or us before a noun, first decide whether or not the noun is the subject. If it is, use the pronoun we. If it's not, you must be dealing with an object and you'll want to use the other first-person plural pronoun: us.
Boys is the subject of the sentence, so we use the pronoun we.
Us is also a pronoun, but it's not a subject pronoun.
When you want to use we or us before a noun, decide if the noun is a subject or an object. If it's an object, choose us.
Kids is an object of the preposition, so we use the pronoun us.
If all of this subject and object talk is confusing, you can probably find the right answer without knowing subjects from objects.
Let's say you can't figure out if sisters, boys, and kids are subjects or objects, and that means you don't know if you should use we or us.
You can find the right answer by temporarily dropping the noun coming after the pronoun. Once you do that, you'll probably be able to determine which pronoun to use by using your own sense of what sounds right.
Having dropped sisters, boys, and kids, our sense of what sounds right is now more likely to match what is right. Did this trick work for you? Did you get 1) we, 2) we, and 3) us?
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P.S. This lesson is very closely related to our who/whom lesson.
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