The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.
We Canadians like to think of ourselves as different.
The speaker/writer alone. (The use of we in the singular is the editorial we, used by writers and others, including royaltythe royal weas a less personal substitute for I. The reflexive case of this sense of we is ourself.)
Etymology: From wiz, from wes-. Cognate with Old Frisian wi, Old Saxon wi (Low German wi), Old High German wir (German wir), Dutch wij, Old Norse vér (Swedish vi), Gothic 0345033403390343.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Retire we to our chamber,
A little water clears us of this deed. William Shakespeare.
Fair and noble hostess,
We are your guests to night. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Notwithstanding animals had nothing like the use of reason, we find in them all the lower parts of our nature, in the greatest strength. Addison.
To poor we,
Thine enmity’s most capital. William Shakespeare.
In Modern English, we is a plural, first-person pronoun.
"We" is a pronoun that typically refers to a group composed of oneself and one or more other individuals who are involved in the same action, event, or situation. It denotes a sense of togetherness or inclusivity, indicating that the speaker is part of a collective entity or sharing a common perspective with others.
"We" is a pronoun used to refer to a group of people, including the person speaking and one or more others, to talk about a collective experience, action, or thought. It implies inclusivity and represents the collective identity or involvement of individuals.
the plural nominative case of the pronoun of the first person; the word with which a person in speaking or writing denotes a number or company of which he is one, as the subject of an action expressed by a verb
Etymology: [As. w; akin to OS. w, OFries. & LG. wi, D. wij, G. wir, Icel. vr, Sw. & Dan. vi, Goth. weis, Skr. vayam. 190.]
We is the first-person, plural personal pronoun in Modern English.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wē, pron.pl. of I: I and others. [A.S. wé; cog. with Goth. weis, Ger. wir.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
The smear of life against the radiant _x_.
We has developed a revolutionary platform for mobile communications that represents the next communication paradigm. We is currently in private beta and will be launching publicly in summer 2013.
Relating to a group of animals or people.
We are an amazing humanity working together for the collective good of everyone.
Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, We is ranked #59742 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The We surname appeared 338 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname We.
54.1% or 183 total occurrences were Asian.
39% or 132 total occurrences were White.
4.1% or 14 total occurrences were Black.
1.4% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'we' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #37
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'we' in Written Corpus Frequency: #13
The numerical value of we in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of we in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.
It's a little scary, but we're going to have to go on with our lives. We're staying here, we're not moving anywhere. This terrorist attack is not going to change anything.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
If self-evaluated, our score is only in the fifties, compared with that in the thirties last year ... we are making headway as we can correct even the government if it does wrong.
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