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Properties Of Nouns Person

Let us study the meaning of the following sentences, being careful to notice what persons the nouns indicate:

1. I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart Thursday, the twenty-fourth day of November, to be observed as a day of thanksgiving.

2. James, you may name the history topics.

3. Mary is the tallest girl in her class.

We see the subject of the first sentence represents Theodore Roosevelt as the person appointing a day of thanksgiving. The words, I, Theodore Boosevelt, and President of the United States are used in the same relation, and call attention to the person speaking.

A noun or a pronoun used to represent a person or persons as speaking or as addressing others in writing, is in the first person.

In the second sentence James and you are used to show us that some one is speaking to or addressing James.

A noun or a pronoun used to represent a person or persons as spoken to or addressed is in the second person.

In the third sentence Mary is used to show the person of whom something is said, Mary is therefore the person spoken of.

A noun or a pronoun used to represent the person or thing spoken of is in the third person.

Person is the use or form of nouns and pronouns that indicates the speaker, the person spoken to or addressed, or the person or thing spoken of.

Tell the person of each of the following nouns and pronouns:

1. Ye crags, and peaks, I'm with you once again,

I hold to you these hands of mine to show they still are free.

2. Woodman, spare that tree!

Touch not a single bough! In youth it sheltered me, And I'll protect it now.

Write sentences using nouns and pronouns in each of the three persons.

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