Origin of ours
plural pronoun, possessive our or ours, objective us.
Origin of we
pronoun, nominative I, possessive my or mine, objective me; plural nominative we, possessive our or ours, objective us.
noun, plural I's.
Origin of I
Examples from the Web for ours
In this world of ours, some melodies are just more beautiful than others.
And all kinds of friends of ours have raised money for Mary Landrieu to support her as a candidate.Hillary Praises Fracking, Stays Silent on Keystone|David Freedlander|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And in a culture as paranoid as ours, we freak out about them all the time.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer|James Poulos|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Font, logo, edge finish, surface finish … everything is different from ours,” said Sung Hwang, the general manager.
In a society as race-crazy as ours, this sort of news is equal parts shocking and unsurprising.Ex-NFL Linebacker: We Talk Around Race, Not About It|Carl Banks|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their cement for coating walls is like ours; the stucco flat coloured, and the colours mixed with the plaster before laying on.A Manual of the Historical Development of Art|G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
To repeat: Our intellect is not ours, it does not belong to man, but it together with man belongs to the universe.The Positive Outcome of Philosophy|Joseph Dietzgen
But you must remember that their sheep weigh less than ours, and I like to see a man make a hearty dinner.Dariel|R. D. Blackmore
Still I doubt if they get half the enjoyment from their acquisitions that we do who have to save and plan for ours.'Atlantic Classics|Various
I should judge it to be worth one hundred dollars, so there is evidently "cheating in all trades but ours."Practical Graining|William E. (William Edmund) Wall
noun plural i's, I's or Is
- something shaped like an I
- (in combination)an I-beam
- when used by editors or other writers, and formerly by monarchs, a formal word for I 1
- (as noun)he uses the royal we in his pompous moods
Word Origin for we
Word Origin for I
Word Origin for I
12c. shortening of Old English ic, first person singular nominative pronoun, from Proto-Germanic *ekan (cf. Old Frisian ik, Old Norse ek, Norwegian eg, Danish jeg, Old High German ih, German ich, Gothic ik), from PIE *eg-, nominative form of the first person singular pronoun (cf. Sanskrit aham, Hittite uk, Latin ego (source of French Je), Greek ego, Russian ja, Lithuanian aš). Reduced to i by mid-12c. in northern England, it began to be capitalized mid-13c. to mark it as a distinct word and avoid misreading in handwritten manuscripts.
The reason for writing I is ... the orthographic habit in the middle ages of using a 'long i' (that is, j or I) whenever the letter was isolated or formed the last letter of a group; the numeral 'one' was written j or I (and three iij, etc.), just as much as the pronoun. [Otto Jespersen, "Growth and Structure of the English Language," p.233]
The form ich or ik, especially before vowels, lingered in northern England until c.1400 and survived in southern dialects until 18c. The dot on the "small" letter -i- began to appear in 11c. Latin manuscripts, to distinguish the letter from the stroke of another letter (such as -m- or -n-). Originally a diacritic, it was reduced to a dot with the introduction of Roman type fonts.
Old English we, from Proto-Germanic *wiz (cf. Old Saxon wi, Old Norse ver, Danish vi, Old Frisian wi, Dutch wij, Old High German and German wir, Gothic weis "we"), from PIE *wei- (cf. Sanskrit vayam, Old Persian vayam, Hittite wesh "we," Old Church Slavonic ve "we two," Lithuanian vedu "we two").
The "royal we" (use of plural pronoun to denote oneself) is at least as old as "Beowulf" (c.725); use by writers to establish an impersonal style is also from Old English; it was especially common 19c. in unsigned editorials, to suggest staff consensus, and was lampooned as such since at least 1853 (cf. also wegotism).
see dot the i's and cross the t's.