Question and answer
Academic writing standards often censure the use of first- and second-person pronouns such as I, me, my, you, and your. Do you think this is appropriate? Why or why not?
Although first and second person pronouns are not 100% forbidden in academic writing, it is true that students are encouraged to avoid them. [ Why? The main reasons are what they do to tone of voice and how the second person pronoun can miss the targeted audience. Both first and second person pronouns have an informal tone of voice. With first person pronouns, the writer is referring to herself
directly ("I did this" "my reason is"). And while an informal tone of voice isn't in any way "wrong" or "illegal," it often doesn't match the writing situation in an high school or college class. Most students are not being asked to write personal narratives; they're being asked to write arguments, often researched arguments, in which personal stories are subordinate to actual researched evidence. Of course, if the student decides it would be effective to include a personal story as well, then first person pronouns are appropriate for that section of the paper. Second person pronouns are even more problematic. If a writer uses them, the writer is now speaking directly to the person reading the paper. Again, that's fine in a letter or email, but it usually doesn't match the writing assignment scenario in a classroom. The student isn't writing directly to a teacher ("when you look at the stars...."); the student is writing for a broader audience that includes the teacher, the other students, and any other reader who is interested in the topic. So an academic writer who uses "you" is often mistaken about who his audience is. ]
Expert answered|emdjay23|Points 461|
Asked 2/23/2013 11:35:16 AM
0 Answers/Comments
Get an answer
New answers

There are no new answers.


There are no comments.

Add an answer or comment
Log in or sign up first.
25,656,138 questions answered
Popular Conversations
3x - 4y = 7 3x + 2y = -5 When the second equation is subtracted from ...
Weegy: -6y = 12 User: x + y = k x - y = k The solution to the system shown is _____. (0, k) (2, 2) (k, 0) Weegy: ...
6/29/2016 10:10:18 AM| 3 Answers
It's 3:34, what time was it 50 mins ago?
6/29/2016 2:36:26 AM| 2 Answers
What ending should this word have? deplor- able ible
Weegy: This word should end in -able. DEPLORABLE. User: What ending should this word have? predict- able ible
6/29/2016 6:35:29 AM| 2 Answers
The small, raised features on the surface of the tongue are ...
Weegy: The small, raised features on the surface of the tongue are called: papillae. User: Which of these is NOT a ...
6/29/2016 1:44:48 AM| 1 Answers
Human activity can affect the population size of another species ...
Weegy: ALL OF THE ABOVE. Human activity can affect the population size of another species through: ...
6/29/2016 2:20:39 AM| 1 Answers
Who was the director of the Manhattan Project, which created the ...
Weegy: A. The Marshall Plan provided them with the opportunity to emigrate to the United States and avoid trial. ...
6/29/2016 2:45:05 AM| 1 Answers
Weegy Stuff
Points 1089 [Total 1750] Ratings 2 Comments 1069 Invitations 0 Online
Points 379 [Total 740] Ratings 2 Comments 359 Invitations 0 Offline
Points 172 [Total 247] Ratings 1 Comments 162 Invitations 0 Offline
Points 161 [Total 3704] Ratings 0 Comments 161 Invitations 0 Offline
Points 140 [Total 421] Ratings 0 Comments 140 Invitations 0 Offline
Points 127 [Total 179] Ratings 0 Comments 127 Invitations 0 Offline
Points 107 [Total 852] Ratings 3 Comments 57 Invitations 2 Offline
Points 87 [Total 4207] Ratings 0 Comments 87 Invitations 0 Offline
Points 40 [Total 50] Ratings 1 Comments 30 Invitations 0 Offline
Points 32 [Total 139] Ratings 0 Comments 32 Invitations 0 Offline
* Excludes moderators and previous
winners (Include)
Home | Contact | Blog | About | Terms | Privacy | © Purple Inc.