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    #1

    "Each other" and "us"

    Hello,
    A while ago I learned in these forums that it's wrong to say:
    We will see us next week.
    The correct sentence is:
    We will see each other next week.

    I think I can understand it, yes.
    Today I asked myself this:
    This secret will always stay between us.

    Could you explain why each other can't be true?
    Is it because you don't do something?
    We see each other.
    We know each other.
    We talk to each other.
    In all 3 sentence we do something (seeing, knowing, and talking.)

    P.S: We will keep this secret between us.

    Cheers!

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    Re: "Each other" and "us"

    It depends whether it is an argument of the verb (object etc) or not. If it is, then it should be expressed by "each other". However if it is the complement of a preposition, as in your example, then it should be "us", and "each other" would be wrong. This is simplifying, but it is the main rule at work here.

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    Re: "Each other" and "us"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    A while ago I learned in these forums that it's wrong to say:
    We will see us next week.
    The correct sentence is:
    We will see each other next week.

    I think I can understand it, yes.
    Today I asked myself this:
    This secret will always stay between us.

    Could you explain why each other can't be true?
    Is it because you don't do something?
    We see each other.
    We know each other.
    We talk to each other.
    In all 3 sentence we do something (seeing, knowing, and talking.)

    P.S: We will keep this secret between us.

    Cheers!
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    Hello, nightmare.

    I know that you are working very hard to learn "perfect" English, so I thought you would like to know (if you don't already know it) :

    (1) We will see each other next week. = you are talking to one other person.

    (2) We will see one another next week. = There are at least three of you.

    (3) Of course, many native speakers don't follow the rule.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: "Each other" and "us"

    Thank you, guys!

    TheParser, no, I did not know this.
    Thanks for this hint!

    It's sad that native speakers don't follow this rule, because I always look up to native speakers.
    However, it would be the same as if you tried to learn German and come to Germany.
    You would hear a lot of bad grammar.

    Cheers!

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    Re: "Each other" and "us"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thank you, guys!

    TheParser, no, I did not know this.
    Thanks for this hint!

    It's sad that native speakers don't follow this rule, because I always look up to native speakers.
    However, it would be the same as if you tried to learn German and come to Germany.
    You would hear a lot of bad grammar.

    Cheers!
    Thanks for your note.

    Yes, I guess people routinely break the rules of their native languages. Someone said that language is very democratic: the people eventually decide what is "correct." Neither governments nor grammar books can make people speak in a particular way. Have a nice day!

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