The plural nominative case of the pronoun of the first person; the word with which a person in speaking or writing denotes a number or company of which he is one, as the subject of an action expressed by a verb.
- Used by the speaker or writer to indicate the speaker or writer along with another or others as the subject: We made it to the lecture hall on time. We are planning a trip to Arizona this winter.
- Used to refer to people in general, including the speaker or writer: "How can we enter the professions and yet remain civilized human beings?” ( Virginia Woolf).
- Used instead of I, especially by a writer wishing to reduce or avoid a subjective tone.
- Used instead of I, especially by an editorialist, in expressing the opinion or point of view of a publication's management.
- Used instead of I by a sovereign in formal address to refer to himself or herself.
- Used instead of you in direct address, especially to imply a patronizing camaraderie with the addressee: How are we feeling today?