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determiner, pronoun we pronunciation in British English /wiː/
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We can be used in the following ways:
as a subject pronoun: We help each other.
In very formal English we can be used after the verb ‘to be’, especially before a relative clause: It is we who should be grateful.
as a determiner: We men will get the fire started.
  1. 1
    used for referring to yourself and one or more other people when you are the person speaking or writing
    We moved here soon after we were married.
    We were all glad to get back home.
    We Americans have a strong belief in democracy.
  2. 2
    used for including yourself and the person you are speaking to in what you are saying or writing
    Where shall we meet?
    Come on, we both need a drink.
    In this chapter we shall discuss some aspects of company law.
  3. 3
    used for referring to people in general
    We live in a competitive world.
    How do we learn our mother tongue?
  4. 4
    spoken sometimes used instead ofyou’, especially when a doctor or nurse is speaking to someone who is ill or when a teacher is speaking to children
    How are we feeling this morning, Mrs Shaw?
    Now, do we all have notebooks and pencils?


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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