Volume 3, Number 27, April 12, 1999
When an author writes a story, he or she narrates the events from a certain perspective.
If the author tells the story as if he’s part of it, he writes in the first person.
Example: I was determined to keep the nation united.
Autobiographies and some fictional stories are written in the first person.
If the narration refers directly to the reader, it’s written in the second person.
Example: You are walking through a dark tunnel when you hear a horrible wail.
If the author and reader are not directly involved, the story is written in the third person.
Example: Abraham Lincoln was determined to keep the nation united.
In which person is each sentence written? Write first, second, or third after each one. The first three are done for you.
1. As you sail into the harbor, you will believe that time has been reversed. second
2. Linda and Samuel were afraid that their father would never return alive. third
3. We were afraid that our father would never return alive. first
4. I agreed to work for the president because I thought he was an honorable man.
5. Cheryl realized that it would be very difficult to make money in her new business.
6. She realized that it would be very difficult to make money in her new business.
7. None of you will be injured if you take the right precautions.
8. Our job was to keep his secret safe.
9. They waited at the base of the volcano and prayed that they would be rescued.
10. Mrs. Plant had a lot of plans for her summer vacation.
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