[Ads-l] "... there's just one of them"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 25 13:26:41 EDT 2018


> would "... there's just one of it." have been better?

IMO, yes, since there is just one of it.

"The earth has several moons, but there's just one of them visible to the
naked eye."

On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 3:05 AM Chris Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:

> I was just listening to the latest CBC radio broadcast of "Quirks and
> Quarks" (as a podcast, but no matter). Here's how the host introduced a new
> topic:
>
> "You've probably noticed that our planet has exactly one moon. And it's a
> pretty good one, as moons go, but still, there's just one of them."
>
> At this point I had a weird 200 milliseconds of wondering if the "them" is
> the gender-neutral singular they (referring to the Moon??), which it
> obviously isn't. But it nontheless came across as ever so slightly weird.
> OTOH, would "... there's just one of it." have been better?
>
> For people, I do hear stuff like "[She's awesome, but we need to make sure
> not to overload her with work:] There's just one of her."
>
> Idly speculating,
>
> Chris
>
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