Most formal essays and research papers in academic or collegiate writing employ third-person pronouns rather than "I" or "you." An essay is the author's examination of a subject. "You" has no place in an essay since the essay is about the writer's thoughts, not the reader's. Using "I" in place of "you" makes your essay sound like someone else wrote it.
Here are some examples of correct and incorrect uses of "you" and "I" in essays:
Correct: This is an example of a good essay because it uses proper grammar and punctuation to create a clear message about what the author thinks about his or her subject. "You" can tell that the author is talking about himself or herself because they use the first-person pronoun "I".
Incorrect: This is an example of an essay that uses poor grammar and punctuation. The writer has used "you" and "your" when he or she should have used "I" and "my". Without knowing it, this writer was trying to make himself or herself seem important by using big words that only befit a professor.
Correct: These are examples of good research paper topics because they are broad enough to include many different ideas while still being specific enough to help you find reliable information about them.
Personal writing, such as a reflective essay or "personal response" forum posting, can be written in the first person (using "I" and "me") and may include personal ideas and stories as evidence for the argument you are attempting to make. Such essays are often called "I essays" or "personal essays".
The second person ("you" and "your") is used when writing to a specific individual or group. For example, if you were writing a letter to your friend Beth, you would use the second person. You might state what you think about Beth's new boyfriend, for example, by writing: "I think he's cute." Or you could say more about it by adding details from your own experience: "I remember being confused when I first met him too. But now that I know him better, I realize he's pretty cool."
The third person ("he/she" and "its") is used when writing about a particular object or event. For example, if you were writing an essay on a car race, you would use the third person.
Instead of saying I in a third-person paragraph, use a name or he, she, or it. Because this paragraph is about your personal viewpoint, use your own name (for example, Joe spoke), or he, she, or it (for example, He spoke). What is the proper way to write in the second person? Instead of "I," use "you." It's as if you're referring to your reader. So, instead of writing, "I like apples," you would write, "You like apples." Similarly, instead of writing, "He is rich," you would write, "You are rich." Using first person and you together is confusing because no one knows what you're talking about.
First person refers to someone who tells their own story. Second person refers to someone who tells another's story. There are three ways to be mentioned in the opening of an essay: you can be given a name, such as Mr. , Mrs. ; your gender can be identified, such as male or female; or neither of these things can be determined from reading the essay itself. If you are named or identified as a male or female human being, then you can be said to be either first person or second person. If not, then you cannot be identified as either first person or second person.
For example, if I were to write about my favorite subject in high school English - Shakespeare - I could be first person or second person.