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Questions tagged [grammatical-person]

For questions about choosing pronouns or verb forms based on grammatical person: 1st person (e.g. I am), 2nd person (e.g. you are), or third person (e.g. he/she/it is).

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How to avoid mixing past and present tense in narration?

I looked through the related questions, but I didn't find any concrete advice. I understand that it's OK to do so. I'm not sure how common it is, but I'm a beginner writer and want to keep things ...
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(Mixing 1st/3rd Person in same sentence) Is anyone knowledgeable in this grammar?

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 ...
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Which one is correct to use, first-person form or third person form?

In the below sentence, should "implement" need to be in a first person form or third person form as it is now? This Regulation is set up with a view to ensure that subject people comply with ...
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Use of 'My', first or second person

I have a quick question. On my website I have a short sentence "Register My Interest". Is this sentence in first or second person? I think people jump to first person, but in that case please ...
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Most of us are good at “our” or “their” job?

When I say most of us, it may or may not imply that I am one of the most of us. So, in the sentence Most of us are good at our/their job?, does it make more sense to use our or their?
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Verb agreement in “It is you who has/have come” [duplicate]

Today I was playing the video game Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on my PC. In a mission where the player whose name is Evie Frye meets a guy, the guy says I thought Jacob was coming but that I am ...
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Subject-verb agreement with “whether” [duplicate]

Which of the following choices makes this sentence is grammatically correct? or is there a better approach? It's unclear whether he/him or I/me is/are first in line.
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Logical/Etymological reason for unique conjugation of third person singular present tense

In most English verbs, there is a consistent pattern in the conjugation of present and past tense. For past tense, the same inflection is used for each grammatical person, but in present tense, third ...
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…if one of us dropped “our phone” or “his phone”?

It would be ruinous if one of us dropped our phone in the river, so each of us put their phone in their bag and set them aside. In the sentence above, is it incorrect to say "if one of us dropped his ...
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“a time when you or a relative were/was a patient” [duplicate]

Is the following sentence correct? Don't be afraid to talk about a time when you or a relative were a patient. Or should it be one of the following: Don't be afraid to talk about a time you or ...
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“Me who is” or “me who am”?

Generally the verb following who agrees with the subject or object that precedes the who. This makes sense and is expected. When the subject or object that the who refers to is singular, the verb is ...
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Noun-verb agreement for a list of singular nouns including “I” and joined by “or” [duplicate]

I understand that when you have a list of singular nouns joined by "or", you should use a singular verb. Example: Either Chris or Len is the next player But what verb do you use if one of the ...
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Is there a grammatical name for the third-person 'you'?

I've had this conversation several times in my life, where I use a second-person pronoun when actually using the third-person: "If you were dressed up as a clown at night holding black balloons, I ...
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First, second, and third person mixed in a sentence

"Ms. Bar sneaks in to eat our candy." "You want me to talk to them." My mother is a fifth-grade teacher, and she's currently covering the first, second, and third person points of view. She is ...
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How can I convert this sentence from first person to third person

I'm writing an academic paper and need some help writing this sentence in third person. This is what I want to say in third person (currently in first person): The kitchen was assigned to a ...
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Name for literary device of changing person

Is there a name for the device of changing between third person and second person in a poem? Basically going back and forth from talking about the subject and talking to the subject. This happens a ...
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“not only… but also…” in questions? [duplicate]

Here is a multiple-choice question: _____ not only I but also he going to Paris? A. Am B. Is C. Are D. Be Which choice is correct?
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One of us is wrong, aren't we?

I have just learned from what I consider a reliable source, that the following sentence is correct: One of us is wrong, aren't we? I would never in my life have written this, but I am assured that ...
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The use of “who has” or “who have” in a sentence [duplicate]

Consider the following example: It is you who has taken the garbage out. It is you who have taken the garbage out. Does one use "has" or "have" in this sentence construction? Which of the ...
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Shouldn’t “art” be “is” in “Our Father who art in heaven”?

The Lord’s Prayer begins in English: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Shouldn’t it be who is there, not who art? ...
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“If I were you, I'd apologise to my/your mum”

I'm stuck with this example which I don't know how to solve: A: I've said bad things to my mum. B: If I were you, I'd apologise to your mum. Is it supposed to be your or my instead? My feeling ...
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Mixed person subjects and verb agreement

Please consider this sentence. "Not for as long as I or Patricia Smith live will you be allowed to forget that." In this sentence, I've chosen to write live as I believe it is more correct as it ...
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May you please explain this?

At a family dinner, my 18-year-old niece asked my sister, "May you please pass the salt?" My sister said that she was impressed with her daughter's politeness, but that that particular wording was not ...
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What form of the verb is used with compound subjects containing “or”?

We always get work done, regardless of what mood Bill or I is/am/are in. Which form of 'be' would be used here?
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Is it ok for me to switch from first person to third person here, or can I do this better in first person?

I’m currently trying to update my résumé from my tired old version to something more up to date. I’m currently having a little trouble with wording here: I’m a self-directed learner who has taught ...
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You, the employer, “contribute the most” or “contributes the most”? [closed]

You, the employer, contribute the most. You, the employer, contributes the most. Which one would be correct?
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Is “It is you who are mistaken!” correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical? This is a line spoken by the Emperor to Luke in Star Wars. I always wondered if this is grammatically correct. ...
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What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical?

An acquaintance recalled this specific example from an English textbook, but it is jarring to my native ear. Is this an example of prescriptive grammarians gone wild?
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Did English ever have a “you” plural?

Apart from the dialect form used in the Southern US, "y'all," has English ever had a plural "you"? If not, how does English get around using this form?
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“Are either of you free?”

In the process of writing to two people I typed: "Are either of you free?" and was immediately called out by my grammar checker which suggested I should write: "Is either of you free?" The second of ...