Mamacita says: Today’s giggle: Pronouns.
There are three pronoun persons: Person speaking (first person) Person spoken to (second person) and Third Person (person spoken about.) Grammar is a soap opera, remember. I told YOU about HIM.
All pronouns must match their antecedents in many ways: singular with singular, plural with plural, masculine with masculine, feminine with feminine, neuter with neuter. . . etc.
What do third person singular pronouns have that no other pronouns have? Answer: sex.
When we look at “he, she, it, her, him,” we immediately know the gender of the pronoun.
“One of the women brought (her, their) own sack to the picnic.”
Answer: “her.” “Of the women” is a prepositional phrase and therefore cannot be the subject, so we put it in parenthesis and forget it, except as it gives sex to the pronoun which has the sack.
Antecedent: “One. It is singular, so the pronoun must be singular to match the antecedent.”
Student: Is the woman giving sex to the pronoun or to the sack?
Another Student: Who cares? Sex is sex. I love this class.
Teacher: So do I.
We have fun sometimes, even while discussing grammar. Which is exactly as it should be. Word.
There may or may not have been some discussion about what kind of “sack,” but none of you would be interested in that part of the conversation. Or would you. . . .
You would, but I’m still not sayin’.
Her sack. Heh.