What Is First Person? (with Examples)

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What Is First Person? (with Examples)

The term first person refers to the speaker himself or a group that includes the speaker (i.e., I, me, we, and us).

The personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they) are grouped into one of three categories: Note: Second person refers to the speaker's audience (i.e., you). Third person refers to everybody else (e.g., he, him, she, her, it, they, them), including all other nouns (e.g., Craig, Germans, ant, mice).

Examples of First Person Pronouns in Different Cases

Here are the first person pronouns in the subjective case, the objective case, and the possessive case:

PersonSubjective CaseObjective CasePossessive Case
Possessive Adjective
Possessive Case
Absolute Possessive Pronouns
First Person Singular I

Example: I like cheese.
me

Example: He likes me.
my

Example: This is my car.
mine

This is mine.
First Person Plural we

Example: We hate celery.
us

Example: They hate us.
our

Example: This is our house.
ours

Example: This is ours.

First, Second, and Third Person Pronouns

The table below shows the first, second, and third person pronouns. The first person pronouns are shaded.

PersonSubjective CaseObjective CasePossessive Case
Possessive Adjective
Possessive Case
Absolute Possessive Pronouns
First Person Singular I me my mine
Second Person Singular you you your yours
Third Person Singular he/she/it him/her/it his/her/its his/hers/its
First Person Plural we us our ours
Second Person Plural you you your yours
Third Person Plural they them their theirs
Many people say "between you and I." This is always wrong.

It should be "between you and me."

Read more about you and I/me.
Read about my and myself.
 
 
WRITING IN THE FIRST PERSON

If you're asked to write in the first person, use I and we. For example:
  • We will handle your claim within 24 hours.
In business writing, this is useful to portray a personal touch.

WRITING IN THE THIRD PERSON

If you're asked to write in the third person, use he/she/it or nouns. For example:
  • Marks Ltd will handle your claim within 24 hours.
When talking about yourself, using the third person presents a formal air.


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