Point Of View
By: Clarkson English JH
Examples of First Person
I (first-person singular) look forward to my monthly book club meeting. We (first-person plural) are currently reading Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda.
You use the second-person point of view to address the reader. In second person you use the pronouns “you,” “your,” and “yours.” We use these three pronouns when addressing one, or more than one, person. Second person is often appropriate for e-mail messages, presentations, and business.
Examples of Second Person
Before you go to London, remember to leave your keys under the doormat. I’ll miss you. Sincerely yours, Anna
This is a plural second-person sentence:
Class, you need to be in your seats when the principal arrives. Tom and Jerry, I’m speaking to you as well. By the way, are these comic books yours? (Regionally speaking, in the American South you might hear a teacher say, “Class, y’all need to be in your seats….” “Y’all” is a contraction of “you all.”)
Examples of Third Person Omnisceint
Veronica shook her head slowly. Her heart was breaking at having to tell him this news.
John stood up and banged his fist against the wall, hard, once, but that did nothing to disperse the fury coursing through him. He still couldn’t believe it. “I’ll have to leave now,” he said, thinking that he couldn’t bear to stay there another moment.
Veronica nodded slowly. He was upset now, but she knew he'd get over it.