second person


Definition of second person

1a : 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

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

First Known Use of second person

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of second person was in 1612

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“Second person.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of second person

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

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Kids Definition of second person

: 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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