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I have a question about the use of "her" in English.

Here is a conversation:

Q. Any luck finishing your part? A. Working on her right now.

Here, does her refer to part A of the question? Is it like conversational language? Can her refer to anything else?

  • What's with the Canadian English tag? :) Did you read or hear this conversation? Did you make up this dialogue? Could you provide more context, please? – Mari-Lou A Apr 6 '14 at 8:04
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    It is not an altogether unusual form of conversational English. Ships are always referred to as 'she'. People will apply the female pronouns to other things such as a car, and in this case even a work project. – WS2 Apr 6 '14 at 8:15
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It is not an altogether unusual form of conversational English. Ships are always referred to as 'she'. People will apply the female pronouns to other things such as a car, and in this case even a work project.

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