we are three people

azz

Senior Member
armenian
a. We are three people doing the job. But we ought to be four at least.
b. We are three people doing the job. But there ought to be four of us at least.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

The sentences are mine.

Many thanks.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s difficult to comment on made-up sentences presented with no context, and – more importantly – no indication of what it is you’re trying to prove or establish.

    Your examples are fine, but by far the most idiomatic sentence is: “But there ought to be four of us, at least.”
     

    azz

    Senior Member
    armenian
    Thank you Lingobingo and Cenzontle.

    Would 'We are three people' be grammatical in this context:

    How many people are you?
    We are three people.

    ?

    It sounds strange to me there. If it the 'three people' is modified by something then it sounds better to me.

    We were three people lost in a strange city.


    Many thanks.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes. that’s exactly right. Adding further information justifies using that otherwise fairly meaningless statement: We were three people who……
     
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