• The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person (not the person being addressed).
  • The speaker(s)/writer(s) and the person(s) being addressed.
  • The speaker/writer alone.


  • From Middle English we, from Old English wē ("we"), from Proto-West Germanic *wiʀ, from Proto-Germanic *wīz, *wiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wéy ("we (plural)"). Cognate with Scots wee, we, North Frisian we ("we"), West Frisian wy ("we"), Low German wi ("we"), Dutch we, wij, German wir ("we"), Danish, Swedish and Norwegian vi ("we"), Icelandic vér, við, Avestan 𐬬𐬀𐬉𐬨, Sanskrit वयम्.

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