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    Is there anything wrong gramatically with saying either of the two statements:

    "Not everyone is as smart as us."
    "Not everyone is as smart as we."

    Do the previous statements mean the same thing? Is one preferrable over the other?

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    Is there anything wrong gramatically with saying either of the two statements:

    "Not everyone is as smart as us."
    "Not everyone is as smart as we."

    Do the previous statements mean the same thing? Is one preferrable over the other?

    In my view, both are possible. Perhaps 'we' is preferred because of the similarity between 'as' and 'us' in pronunciation.

    The same form of the pronoun 'we' (often called 'subjective case') is used for pronouns introducing a clause (that is, functioning as a subject within the main sentence). Eg: In "Not everyone eats as we (eat)" 'we' is the subject corresponding to the verb 'eat' ('as we eat' is a clause). In a case like this, it is more likely that the verb (in this case 'eat') is omitted or replaced by 'do'.

    "Not everyone eats as we do"


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    Subjective case of pronouns:
    I
    You
    He/She/It
    We
    You
    They

    Objective case of pronouns
    me
    you
    him/her/it
    us
    you
    them

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