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The Third Person

The term third person refers to someone else, i.e., not the writer or a group including the writer (I, me, we, us) or the writer’s audience (you). Whenever you use a noun (as opposed to pronoun), it is in the third person.

The personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they) are grouped into one of three categories:

First person: I and we

Second person: you

Third person: He, She, it and they

With third person singular, the pronouns reflect gender.

Masculine gender: He, him, his

Feminine gender: She, her, hers

Neuter gender: It, its

In many languages, the verb takes a form dependent on this person and whether it is singular or plural. In English, this happens with the verb to be as follows:

I am (first-person singular)

you are, thou art (second-person singular)

he, she, one or it is (third-person singular)

we are (first-person plural)

you are, (second-person plural)

they are (third-person plural)

Third person pronouns are an essential tool in writing because they are less cumbersome and cut down on the repetition of nouns. Third person pronouns are widely used in writing, for anything from fictional and traditional forms of academic writing to product descriptions, guides, blogs, articles and more. Singular third person pronouns are he, she, it, his, hers, him and her, and third person plural pronouns are they, them and their.” The number of people to which you are referring should always match the pronoun you choose (“he” to refer to one male, “they” to refer to more than one male).

Writing in third person is writing from the third person point of view and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they. It differs from the first person, which uses pronouns such as I and me, and from the second person, which uses pronouns such as you and yours.

Write a few sentences in the third person. For example:

“When she said hello her eyes clicked onto his face, the breath whooshed out of his body and everything froze for a second, as though through a camera lens, zoomed in all the way, the world pausing for that tiny span of time between the opening and closing of the shutter.”

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