second person

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Grammatical person refers to the perspectives of the personal pronouns used to identify a person in speech and text—that is, it distinguishes between a speaker (first person), an addressee (second person), and others beyond that (third person).
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second person

1. The grammatical category of forms that designate the person addressed. Examples of forms in the second person include English pronouns such as you and verb forms such as Spanish hablas "you speak."
2. A discourse or literary style in which the narrator recounts his or her own experiences or impressions using such forms: a story told in the second person.

sec′ond-per′son adj.

second person

(Linguistics) a grammatical category of pronouns and verbs used when referring to or describing the individual or individuals being addressed

sec′ond per′son

1. the grammatical person used in an utterance in referring to the one or ones being addressed.
2. a pronoun or verb form in the second person, as the pronoun you.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.second person - pronouns and verbs used to refer to the person addressed by the language in which they occur
person - a grammatical category used in the classification of pronouns, possessive determiners, and verb forms according to whether they indicate the speaker, the addressee, or a third party; "stop talking about yourself in the third person"
druhá osoba
önnur persóna
tweede persoon
druhá osoba
druga oseba
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Lecount takes the business in hand and lays a trap for me -- I decline her tempting invitation by becoming totally ignorant of the whole affair the instant any second person appears in it.
Dowlas consented to go as a second person disinclined to act officially; and so poor Silas, furnished with some old coverings, turned out with his two companions into the rain again, thinking of the long night-hours before him, not as those do who long to rest, but as those who expect to "watch for the morning".
Ach, Herr Carey, Sie mussen mir nicht du sagen--you mustn't talk to me in the second person singular.
The effect of a memoir in the second person is striking, a kind of immersive reading experience in which we really do inhabit another's skin.
Police found ajacket behind a nearby convenience store and someone suggested that a second person might be involved.
First person subsequently tries to interest second person in joining a betting ring, to which nineteen people are currently signed up and for which twenty are needed.
A second person has died after contracting legionnaire's disease in an outbreak which affected 28 people.
Despite Booth's historically-dated claims in The Rhetoric of Fiction that "efforts to use the second person have never been very successful [.