"We" considered first person ?

AlbertoForin

Senior Member
Italian
Is 'we' considered first person in different contexts? Like when you are talking about a general thing.?


Example sentence: Forever are the people of Australia and Britain grateful for the sacrifice these soldiers gave, whom without we may have been living in a darker world today.

True answers are appreciated, thanks.
 
  • Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, "we" always implies membership of a group. The size of the group that constitutes 'we' is variable but the pronoun is still first person.

    Examples


    We, the people of Italy...

    We, the Jones family...

    We, the human race...

    etc.

    Afterthought

    There is an exception. For example a nurse might say to a patient, "How are we feeling today?" In this case the nurse does not include him or herself. Some people consider this to be sympathetic, others may think it patronising.
     
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    AlbertoForin

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Yes, "we" always implies membership of a group. The size of the group that constitutes 'we' is variable but the pronoun is still first person.

    Examples


    We, the people of Italy...

    We, the Jones family...

    We, the human race...

    etc.

    Afterthought

    There is an exception. For example a nurse might say to a patient, "How are we feeling today?" In this case the nurse does not include him or herself. Some people consider this to be sympathetic, others may think it patronising.
    Thank you very much
     
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