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Yes, we are very powerful

Royalty may have faded in the 21st century, but the “royal we” seems to be alive and well. In an analysis of spoken and written communications in several different contexts, researchers found that individuals with more power or status used fewer first-person singular pronouns. Instead, they were more inclined to use first-person plural (“we”) or second-person singular (“you”) pronouns.

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