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At the gym I use, I pass a promotional poster that shows a group of people on life cycles. The caption reads "A Better Us." Every time I see it, I wonder, "Is this Ok?" "us" is the object form of "we." Is there an implied missing part that Makes "us" ok?

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Provide the appropriate transitive verb of your choice with the phrase as its object:

Build a better us
Behold a better us
Exercise makes a better us

But bear in mind that even as the complement of a copulative verb, we prefer the objective case when strict application of grammar rules requires the nominative. Must people would say

This is a better us

and not "a better we," just as they would say when the gang comes back

It's us.

instead of "It's we.

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  • Ok, so it's a matter of preference that is generally acceptedk. In your first example, it's an imperative, as in "You / We" build a better us? – michael_timofeev Sep 20 '15 at 1:52
  • @michael_timofeev Yeah, as if the sweat-stained participants we're begging the trainers, "Build a better us." – deadrat Sep 20 '15 at 2:03

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