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Questions about the inclusiveness or exclusiveness of pronouns.

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Use of exclusive "we" with no explicit clarification

I've been wondering for a while if native English speakers will always give contextual cues or clarify before using an exclusive we or if it's assumed that the interlocutor will pick it up ...
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"We" meaning a group of people that I am not talking to and myself [duplicate]

Is there a word or phrase to express the idea of a group of people and the speaker, collectively, where the group of people is explicitly not the people who are being spoken to? For example, consider ...
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Did English ever have Distinct Inclusive and Exclusive 1st Person Plural Pronouns?

I have always had trouble when people talk to me and say "we" - because I often don't know whether that includes me or not. "Hey, we're going to the movies." Just by that, how do I know if they want ...
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Context to distinguish "we" inclusive versus exclusive

In English, "we" has no clusivity - context is needed to determine whether it means we-including-you or we-excluding-you. What context can a speaker provide to disambiguate without sounding awkward? ...
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Unclear use of the word "our"

When we say "Our team worked hard", then is it expected to refer the speaker + his own team OR the speaker + listener + their team together? Because in both these cases OUR is common word to be used!
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