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  • mhm.

  • Hello, Dr Jill.

  • What are you thinking about today?

  • Well, John, I've re watched Star Wars for the first time in a long time.

  • Really?

  • The first one.

  • Star Wars.

  • A new hope.

  • That's the one.

  • You know, It got me thinking about pronoun usage pronouns like I they he she?

  • Yes, exactly.

  • And I noticed something about Harrison Ford.

  • How good looking he is.

  • Well, yes.

  • But also how he abused the pronoun she right.

  • He uses the pronoun she to refer to his spaceship, the Millennium Falcon.

  • That's right.

  • He says she may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts.

  • I love that line.

  • I wish I was able to fix up things like that.

  • My car doesn't look like much, and it doesn't have it where it counts.

  • It made me think about how English speakers sometimes make unusual pronoun choices when they talk about some objects like large pieces of machinery, cars, bolt spaceships.

  • That's right.

  • Usually we use it to talk about objects.

  • But in rare cases, I hear people use she I wouldn't recommend using she to refer to an object on a writing test.

  • Yes, I imagine most writing tests would mark off for that.

  • But it can be useful to understand the idea when listening to everyday speech, and that's everyday grammar mhm.

mhm.

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Everyday Grammar: Spacecraft, Pronouns, and Grammar

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