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Grammatical person

The personal pronouns "I" and "we" are said to be in the first person.

The personal pronoun "you" is said to be in the second person.

All other pronouns and all nouns are said to be in the third person.

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

  • I am (first-person sigular)
  • You are (second-person)
  • He, she or it is (third-person sigular)
  • We are (first-person plural)
  • They are (third-person plural)

When "first-person", "second-person", and "third-person" are used as adjectives, they should be hyphenated.

See grammatical conjugation and grammar.

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