luketeacheruk
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jun, 2015 09:26 pm
@luketeacheruk,
Well, looking into it...it might be a matter of common usage....

From another forum:

+++++++
A knock comes at the door. Without opening it, you ask, "Who's there?". Should the response be...
"It is us!"
or
"It is we!"
or something else?
The latter seems more correct, but just sounds horrible. It also sounds more horrible when using the contraction, "It's we!"
Thank you!

GRAMMAR'S RESPONSE
Technically, "It is we" is correct, but you're absolutely right, it sounds awful. Frankly, I'm beginning to think it's nonsense to say that a subject, "it," cannot equal an object, "us." (The idea of the linking verb being an equal sign is kind of silly anyway.) I would rather say "It's us" -- or just stand there pounding until someone answers the door.

+++++++

I mean - in the lifetime of anyone living - has "It's we!" been spoken?

In fact, has it ever been used?

I guess this is the difference between Proscriptive and Descriptive....^^
McTag
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jun, 2015 02:24 am
@luketeacheruk,

Quote:
I mean - in the lifetime of anyone living - has "It's we!" been spoken?

In fact, has it ever been used?


I think these points are conceded, and have been dealt with here above in a more concise form.

On the other hand, it is we who are the custodians of this precious and wonderful language, and we must therefore admonish those who would **** about with it, and spout spurious nonsense as if it were holy writ.
Ionus
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jun, 2015 02:34 am
@McTag,
It is all about communication . Throw out the rule book if there is a better way to communicate .
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luketeacheruk
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jun, 2015 03:03 am
@McTag,
don't want to take the bait...but... haha...

That kind of purple language has a place somewhere...but...isn't Hemingway cringing in the afterlife right now?

Look at Elements of Style by Strunk and White~

Also, obviously language is a growing and changing thing - stopping people from "****ing about with it" is also retarding growth and expansion...

But I think you're right defending the use of 'we'...it is obviously correct in many places....but not in all!
McTag
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jun, 2015 04:46 am
@luketeacheruk,

Ta.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 5 Jun, 2015 03:13 pm
You have written "wright," when you wanted "right." You're trying to flog a proofreading service? What an idiot. The only bigger idiot would be someone stupid enough to pay you for your service.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 5 Jun, 2015 03:24 pm
@Setanta,
Do you really thing so?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 5 Jun, 2015 03:26 pm
I reelly, reelly stink so . . .
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 5 Jun, 2015 03:32 pm
@Setanta,
Now the post has been removed we look like a couple of idiots.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 5 Jun, 2015 03:33 pm
An embarrassment to which i am impervious.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Fri 5 Jun, 2015 11:36 pm
I love it, the next time I want to be openly and unabashedly pretentious, I will trumpet "It is we" when announcing our arrival at family members homes.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 04:32 am
@Setanta,
O look he's back, the only proofreading service that gives employment opportunities to the illiterate.

His post will probably have been removed by the time you read this so I'll look even dafter.
Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 04:48 am
@izzythepush,
Still there . . . i thing you're absolutely correct, tho . . .
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 04:49 am
Personally, i am antinoun.
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