Can I use "you" in my paper or my post?

Can I use second-person perspective in my writing? When writing my essay, can I use 2nd POV?


Second person pronouns include you, your, and yours. This is a conversational style that refers directly to your audience and may be appropriate for course work. Some examples of second person writing are:

  • You know what that means.
  • That is the type of book you might like.
  • What do you know?

If you are unsure whether or not to use second-person perspective for your discussion post or assignment, we encourage you to check with your professor.


  • Last Updated Nov 17, 2021
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  • Answered By Mary Snyder (she/her)

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