adidas superstar jd KS3 Bitesize English
First, second and third person accounts
A text can be written in the first, second or third person. This is all about who is telling the story. Here is a quick summary:
First person means “I” or “we”. The narrator of the account will be a character in the text and we will read about events from their point of view. We will also tend to relate to and sympathise with their feelings because of this.
Second person means “you”. It is very rare to find a story written in the second person (why not have a go at writing a piece to see how difficult it is). Parts of adverts or leaflets are addressed directly to you, however, which can be a very persuasive way of writing.
Third person means “he”,
“she”, “it” or “they”. The text may give many different characters’ viewpoints. Some stories focus on one character, the hero or heroine, and we usually relate to and sympathise with them more than others.
Take a look at these three extracts. Decide which “person” each one is written in and check your answers to see if you are correct.
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