Should I use "she" or "her" in the following sentence?

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The next events passed in the darkness behind her eyelids. Eri letting go of the barrier and leaning forward. Her/She being shoved violently backward. Her/She tumbling down, ending face up on the floor.

Is she or her the correct word? Why?

alex

Posted 2017-06-23T17:52:27.043

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@P.E.Dant Wow, this is a surprise. I really thought one of the options was ungrammatical. – alex – 2017-06-23T18:14:24.563

@P.E.Dant I agree. I just thought there was a big difference between her and she. Even in creative writing. Maybe I'm wrong? – alex – 2017-06-23T18:23:33.143

@P.E.Dant Hmm, just because something is fiction doesn't mean all rules of grammar go out the window and any random string of words is acceptable. Fiction should be coherent just like non-fiction. – Jay – 2017-06-23T18:23:57.253

1Fluent speakers say "her" and not "she". I'm writing this as a comment and not an answer because I can't think of an explanation why. :-) – Jay – 2017-06-23T18:24:43.907

@P.E.Dant Sentence fragments can be coherent, even though they are not grammatically correct. But this has nothing to do with it being fiction. A technical manual might include sentence fragments too. I wouldn't be surprised to read, "Check that all connections are secure. Especially the main power connection. And the safety switch." – Jay – 2017-06-23T18:33:04.910

In this case, the entire quote is both standard and grammatical with her. Let's not pretend it's ungrammatical or that grammar is irrelevant here. – snailplane – 2017-06-24T18:40:40.353

Answers

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I would suggest the following revision. Note: I'm making some assumptions that might be incorrect based on context. It sounds like someone shoved her over a railing of some sort?

The next events passed into the darkness behind her eyelids. Eri let go of the barrier, leaned forward and was shoved violently backward. She tumbled down, ending face up on the floor.

or

The next events passed into the darkness behind her eyelids. Eri let go of the barrier and leaned forward. She was then shoved violently backward. She tumbled down, ending face up on the floor.

She is used when it's the subject of a sentence. Her is when it's the object of a sentence, or possessive.

Subject: She did something.

Object: Something was done to her.

Possessive: Her dog is small.

Brett Allen

Posted 2017-06-23T17:52:27.043

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