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palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:56:51 PM

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In the thread below the OP wrote: "That use of "like" as a conjunction is popular, but to us purists it isn't right."

Should the "us" have been "we?"
thar
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:23:57 AM

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I think I would say 'us'.

It is an indirect object after 'to'.

We think...
We purists think....

...but to us....
...but to us purists.....


It is not natural to say
...to we [anything]...
TMe
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:34:18 AM

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thar sir shouldn't this sentence be written as,

"That use of "like" as a conjunction is popular but to us, the purists, it isn't right.",

I am a layman.
thar
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:50:56 AM

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No, this is what I think you would call apposition.

You add a noun without an article, and it becomes a descriptor of the personal pronoun, we or plural you.

We British think it is important to be civil.
You idiots are going the wrong way.
You cannot get us purists to say 'gonna'.
I will teach you students how to do this.

It can't be used for singular I or you, and for the third person you would use 'those purists'.





In fact, the issue is the other way. You commonly see 'us ___' as the subject.

Quote:
Us Brits look at this day as one of those American things – you know, a bit like the way we look at school proms, excessively big food portions and when people tell you to have a nice day in a sickeningly enthusiastic manner.
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