Q. 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 it is not always appropriate for academic writing. 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?

It's not commonly appropriate to use second person in assignments, but it is usually fine in peer responses in course discussions. If you are unsure whether or not to use second-person perspective for your discussion post, we encourage you to check with your professor.


  • Last Updated Jun 24, 2021
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  • Answered By Mary Snyder (she/her/hers)

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