I know how to use pronouns, but just BETWEEN YOU AND ME, I cannot ever remember which pronoun goes into which category. It's embarrassing to say the least. I just can't seem to make MYSELF learn the declensions. (Now there's a grammar term to look up!) Subjective, objective, possessive, reflexive. Are there any others? I'd have to look in the class packet. They're confusing in THEMSELVES.
It's a matter of memorization, I suppose. Like the conjugation of verbs. All the terminology makes my head spin. At what age do we teach, expect students to memorize these pronoun cases? Memorization in ITSELF is not a bad thing as far as I'm concerned. I memorized a lot of poetry when I was a kid and can still remember some of it. "I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me. . ."
Now, song lyrics are another thing altogether. A song from the 60s, fifty years ago, can come on the radio, and I find MYSELF singing the words right along. Every word flowing from my brain as though it were just yesterday. Amazing how music can aid memorization. Probably hearing it ten times a day on Hot One Three Oh One helped a great deal. There's just something about repetition that goes along with recitation.
Just BETWEEN US AND THE GATEPOST, is something I remember hearing a long time ago. A secret between two or more people with an inanimate object as a witness. Fun, archaic farm talk. I've noticed that quite a few of our idioms (regionalisms) come from rural speech. Take,"Madder than a wet hen," for example.
I recently read of a huge first volume of American regionalisms. It took several decades to put together. Quite a project begun by one man, handed down to a woman who kept up the work. I'd like to look through that book. I bet it's really humorous.
Somehow I have let MYSELF stray from the topic of what I have learned this week. Seems like that happens quite often in my blogs. I promise I'll keep on track better next week after we learn more about grammar ITSELF.