second person

noun
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of second person

1 a :a set of linguistic forms (such as verb forms, pronouns, and inflectional affixes) referring to the person or thing addressed in the utterance in which they occur
b :a linguistic form belonging to such a set
2 :reference of a linguistic form to the person or thing addressed in the utterance in which it occurs

Examples of second person in a Sentence

  1. The author begins the story in the second person with the sentence “You open the door and step into the room.”

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First Known Use of second person

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SECOND PERSON Defined for English Language Learners

second person

noun

Definition of second person for English Language Learners

  • grammar : a set of words or forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to the person that the speaker or writer is addressing

  • : a writing style that uses second person pronouns and verbs


SECOND PERSON Defined for Kids

second person

noun

Definition of second person for Students

:a set of words or forms (as pronouns or verb forms) referring to the person the speaker or writer is addressing

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