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Person | Definition and Classification with examples

Person - Definition and Classification with examples

Person – Definition and Classification with examples

‘Person’ is a category used in the classification of pronouns, possessive determiners, and verb forms, according to whether they indicate the speaker first person, the addressee second person, or a third party third person.

We can classify Persons in three categories. They are:

  1. First Person (1st Person): I, We
  2. Second Person (2nd Person): You
  3.  Third Person (3rd Person): He, She, It, They


1. First Person:

First Person Singular: ‘First person’ denotes the ‘speaker’ who speaks. It always mentions in ‘Singular’.

For example, I am Mr. Arif. Here ‘I’ is First Person Singular.

First Person Plural: It is used to speak about the group of persons, where ‘speaker’ is part of a group
‘I’ is part of ‘WE’. In other words, the singular is part of the plural.

For example, We‘re always grateful to Mr. Arif. Here ‘I’ is First Person Plural.

2. Second Person:

Second Person Singular and Plural: 2nd person denotes the “addressee”, to whom “speaker” speaks about. It is indicated with “YOU”. “YOU” applicable to both singular and plural. Plural YOU indicates, “Speaker” denotes more than one person.

For example, You are the best motivator to change yourself.

3. Third Person:

Third person is used to denotes the person\object other than “Speaker and Addressee”.

i) Third Person Singular:  ‘He’ denotes a male and ‘She’ denotes a female. ‘It’ denotes the Object. We use ‘It’, ‘She’ and ‘He’ to indicate Third Person Singular Number.

For example, He is going to sing a song.

ii) Third Person Plural:  It represents to express “FLOCK\Group of Persons”.

For example, They have a class with Mr. Arif.