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 Is this talking in the third person?

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Doodle Bug
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:07 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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I have returned the bank draft from the courier company because they were angry that you gave them wrong information twice.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Not quite. Third person would be Newdonym walked over to the fridge to get some cheese. Seeing that there was only brie, he cursed the cheese gods.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Correct.

First Person: I paid the banker $8000 to give the courier the trunkbox.
Second person: You paid the banker $8000 to give the courier the trunkbox.
Third person: He paid the banker $8000 to give the courier the trunkbox.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:43 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I find it best not to think.

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If there's one thing I don't understand, it's everything.

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Maybe the cheese was put in the trunkbox by a third person?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:59 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^^ Well Dramaqueen thought it was cute. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The first person is me.
The second person is you.
The third person is everyone else.

The subject of the sentence determines which person it is in.

Do not get confused with viewpoint, which uses the same terms:

I kicked him. He fell over.

The viewpoint is first person throughout, but the second sentence is in third person.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't know why, but whenever I hear someone talking about talking in the 3rd person, I think of this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35rsehCF-0Y

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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I have returned the bank draft from the courier company because they were angry that you gave them wrong information twice.


"Person" is a feature that affects finite verb phrases. You have three finite VPs in that sentence:

- I have returned the bank draft from the courier company...
1st person singular.

- [because] they were angry...
3rd person plural.

- [that] you gave them wrong information twice.
2nd person singular (or could be plural, but probably isn't; you can't tell this in English from the subject-verb pair by itself but from context).

So, the whole complex sentence has first, third, and second person clauses/VPs. In that order. The main clause, however, is first person.

It's been a while since I last wore my linguist hat on Eater. It still fits!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:02 am Reply with quoteBack to top

First person, second person, third person...
Who are these people, why put numbers on them, and who cares?
Us cats would be the mad ones, as he returned our check! Mad And isn't that more important than all these people? Confused

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