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    "We the people"

    Hi all,

    I have heard and also seen "We the people" using by English people and on a certain website. Shouldn't it be "We're the people" or is it another case of word order? I don't understand.

    Thanks,

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    Re: "We the people"



    These are the opening words of the Constitution of the United States. It's known as the "preamble." It's not an error.

    "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

    Understand it as "we, the people of the United States." It is a clause defining who "we" are.

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