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Us the People

In Good Grammer: Them's the Rules on December 5, 2014 at 3:13 am

Us the People

The U.S. Constitution’s “Preamble,” thank goodness, is still familiar to many Americans as of 2014.

“We the People” are three words fiom the Preamble heard most often. Ah, patriotism…It’s a good thing, right?

Well… As used in the Preamble, “We the People…” is just fine. It’s the subject of its sentence.

Where many go wrong, however, is in using these three words as an object.

Example: “Here in America, the real power lies with we the people.”

It should be thus: “Here in America, the real power lies with us, the people.”

-E.S.

 

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