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I just posted a sentence like this on FB. What word would you put in the gap? We or us? Both sound wrong to me for different reasons.

[It's] a thick brown vinegary sauce with the consistency of what you, though not _____, might call jelly. We would say jam.


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You're in a jam about jelly? I'd say "we."
 
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We.
 
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"We" was my first thought as it fits grammatically but it just sounds wrong when I say it out loud. Maybe it's just me.


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Interesting. I'd say "I". "We" sounds wrong to me too.
 
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Well - I just came back to this and now I'd say "We." Roll Eyes
 
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Chiming in late, Kalleh, but I prefer your alternative "I" even tho it doesn't convey Bob's precise meaning. Just something off about either we or us in that sentence.
 
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Yes, I agree. Now I do think "we" sounds better, with the connotation of "you" being plural.
 
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I'd say or write "we" in the gap. (If one wanted to be pretentious, I suppose one could use "one".


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
 
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