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Sunday, 19 October 2014

What is person?

Grammatical person: shows the relationship between the speaker and other participants
in an event. more specifically, it is a reference to a participant in an event, such as the speaker, the addressee (recipient of the speaker’s communication), or others. Grammatical person usually defines the set
of personal pronouns used by the speaker. It also frequently affects verbs, sometimes nouns, and possessive
relationships as well.

There are three grammatical persons in English:
1) First person: This is I when used to talk about yourself. I is always singular. This is we when used to talk about a group in which I is a member. We is plural. 
2) Second Person: This is you. Second person is used when referring to the addressee. The addressee may be singular or plural, depending on how many individuals are being addressed.
3)Third person: This is he, she, it, and they. Third person is used when referring to any
person, place, or thing other than the speaker and the addressee.

••Here is a table outlining personal pronouns and their grammatical persons:

Pronoun
Person
Plurality
Gender
I
first person
singular
-
You
second person
singular / plural
-
He
third person
singular
masculine / neutral
She
third person
singular
feminine
It
third person
singular
neutral
We
first person
plural
-
They
third person
plural / singular
-
You all / you guys / y’all (slang)
second person
plural
-

* (correctness of the singular usage of “they” is disputed) Direction:Write the grammatical person used in each sentence in the space to the right.
Example: He walked to the grocery store. third person singular
1)I want to go shopping. _________________
2) They were very tired.
3) We did not go to the park.
4) You can use my calculator.
5) Jane watched a movie last night.
6) It is going to be a nice day.
7) You are so funny! _________________
8) I thought he was joking. _________________
9) I wonder why they didn’t come to the meeting. _________________
10) Olivia knew John was in trouble. _________________
11) “You are nice,” Mark said. _________________
12) If one were to break the law, he should go to jail. _________________
13) “I’m leaving!” she yelled. _________________
14) “Are y’all coming to the football game?” I asked. _________________

Directions: Now write one sentence in the first person, second person, and third person.

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