TLDR: The prompt below contains autobiographical examples that I believe to be incorporating both first and third person in the same sentences; I am unsure of how to proceed.

I am to adhere to the following format for an autobiographical exposé:


Short, Tanned skin, and funny

Lover of video games, beanies, and family

Who feels as if life is a tough puzzle to crack

Who needs to support family before self because those are my priorities

Who gives my love to my family and education

Who fears becoming jobless or homeless

Who would like to see my family and myself own a house someday

Who majors in Construction Technology

Who would like to graduate with an Associates Degree


Thus far I've written:


Pensive, Impartial, and Curious

Admirer of expression, mindfulness, and delight

Who feels as if life's meaning is but to loiter

Who needs to find ample means concurrent with his favor

My question, is shall I amend "his favor" to "my favor" and continue as such until I am through as was written in the prompt? Or should I write this piece about myself in the third person?

Thank you so very much for your help!

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    This should all be in 3rd person.
    – user32754
    Aug 28, 2018 at 6:03
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    Who will read this when you're done? If it's for your own use, then it doesn't matter what person or tense or language you use. Aug 28, 2018 at 18:15
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    This is an assignment that will be read by fellow classmates as well as my instructor (and is not an ENG class but a GUID class). A great many thanks for your support!
    – Blake Boyd
    Aug 28, 2018 at 19:14

1 Answer 1


I would recommend NOT going by the example given and simply using 3rd person for every phrase that begins with "who". Whenever you hear someone describe themselves to someone else, they will use 1st person until they start referring to themselves by a non-1st-person pronoun, such as "who", after which they use the 3rd person until the end of the phrase.


I am a man who worries a lot for his family.

I, who majors in Construction Technology and loves his family, need to support family before self because those are my priorities.

However, it would also depend on the circumstance of the prompt. Is the example above yours the given example from the instructor of your class, or is it an example given from an outside source? If the instructor of your class gave you that example, then I'd say do your best to mix the pronouns in the same places the teacher does, and later question them about it, because that just sounds weird, at least to me.

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    I suspected as such that once third person was used in the manner that it was that the course of action would be to carry on using it. I appreciated reading your examples of cases in which 3rd and 1st person blend appropriately, and must agree that the prompt sounds off. This was issued by the instructor, though I noted it appears to be a student sample as my instructor's name and that found in the example are different. I noted that thus far four student's have carried on in the same somewhat awkward manner; I will silently break the mold. I extend my utmost gratitude to you!
    – Blake Boyd
    Aug 28, 2018 at 19:23
  • 'I, who majors in Construction Technology and loves his family' is gruesome. Mar 2, 2022 at 19:08

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