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pronoun  strong British English pronunciation: us /ʌs/  weak British English pronunciation: us /əs/
Us is used in the following ways:
as the object form of we: Grandma gave us some biscuits.No one had warned us of the danger.The books belonged to us.
in a one-word answer or after the verb 'to be': 'Who's there?' 'Us.'It is us who have to take all the blame.
  1. used for referring to yourself and other people with you or in your group when you are the person speaking or writing

    It wasn't our idea, so don't blame us.

    Most of us are married now.

    Angela came with us in our rented car.

    No one told us when we should be there.

    Let us look at the facts again.

    We needed a guide to show us the way.

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