Can you tell me which one(s) is/are correct, please?

a. We men don't like it.

b. Men we don't like it.

C. Us men don't like it.

d. Men us don't like it.


OK, you're looking to express the idea that:

Our group, the one containing the set of human beings who are male, do not like it (whatever it may be).

OK, b and d are definitely out. They are ungrammatical and downright barbaric.

That leaves a and c. While a is the up-register (formal) way of stating the proposition, c is very often how native speakers of English actually express the idea. If you're in a formal situation where people will think less of you if they think you have sloppy grammar, use a. If you're drinking in a bar with friends, c will sound more natural.

  • "Us men don't like it.": can 'us' be the subject? – dan Dec 3 '17 at 12:34
  • @dan: Nope. It would be a compound subject, "us" modifying "men". – Robusto Dec 3 '17 at 14:37
  • It looks very unusual to me. It's really the first time I see this. Do you know if any grammar guide to support 'us men' as a subject? Thanks! – dan Dec 3 '17 at 23:22
  • It would be non-standard, but that's often how people talk. – Robusto Dec 4 '17 at 1:11
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    I've heard it all over North America, England, and Ireland. Don't recall Scotland or Wales, but I think it likely. Note that it'd be standard in the propositional case: "For us men, it was a real surprise." – Robusto Dec 4 '17 at 1:57

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