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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).
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.
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(Linguistics) a grammatical category of pronouns and verbs used when referring to or describing the individual or individuals being addressed
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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.
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|Noun||1.||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"
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