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    #1

    Do something for me or do something for us?

    I've moved to another company and one of my colleagues say "can you check this for us?" and I'm a little bit confused as I was expecting to say to check something for him as is his work (not a collective piece of work). For me "us" sounds like more than one people... Is there something that I'm missing here?

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    Re: Do something for me or do something for us?

    It's a common usage, certainly in BrE. I think using us rather than me may sound less direct and demanding.

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    #3

    Re: Do something for me or do something for us?

    It is pretty common in American English, too. Same meaning.

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