What Is Second Person? (with Examples)

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What Is Second Person? (with Examples)

The term second person refers to the speaker's audience (i.e.,you).

The personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they) are grouped into one of three categories: Note: First person refers to the speaker himself or a group that includes the speaker (i.e., I, me, we, and us). Third person refers to everybody else (e.g., he, him, she, her, it, they, them), including all other nouns (e.g., Bill, Russians, termite, lions).

Examples of Second Person Pronouns in Different Cases

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

PersonSubjective CaseObjective CasePossessive Case
Possessive Adjective
Possessive Case
Absolute Possessive Pronouns
Second Person Singular you

Example: You left early.
you

Example: She likes you.
your

Example: That was your fault.
yours

These are yours.
Second Person Plural you

Example: You left early.
you

Example: She likes you.
your

Example: That was your fault.
yours

These are yours.


Note: There is no difference in how the second person singular and second person plural forms are written. We have to rely on context to tell us whether you means one person or more than one.

First, Second, and Third Person Pronouns

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