On July 22, I posted a modest sentence that started with "Us." It didn't fool any of the grammar buffs who follow the BE THE EDITOR series. They were quick to respond.
Before I delve into the sentence itself, let's take a quick look at the difference between subjects and objects again. I know I've done this before, but it's worth repeating again.
"We" is a subjective pronoun, which means it is the performer of the action.
"Us" is an objective pronoun, which means it is the receiver of the action.
That is easy to remember if you think of these two simple sentences:
We love you. You love us.
We don't say "Us love you," which is why we also wouldn't start the posted sentence, as seen below, with "Us."
This is a simple example of how rogue subjects and objects try to take on the other's role; however, some examples are more complicated than this one. The "Between you and I or me" blog post was trickier than this.
If you take a look at both this one and that one, however, you'll begin to develop a stronger grasp of the difference between subjects and objects--if you need a stronger grasp, that is.
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I'm Coreen, and I am a copy editor, writer, instructor, digital marketer, and student of PR and Communications for organizations doing positive work in the world.