Essay For Myself Examples Of Pronouns

Problem with Point of View: Beginner writers usually mix 1st, 2nd, & 3rd person into one paragraph.

Incorrect Example: It can be confusing to the reader if you shift the point of view in your writing (meaning starting in the 3rd person, moving to the 2nd person, then switching back to 3rd). 

Increasing one's [3rd person] workload is taxing on both your [2nd person] physical and mental health. Unless someone [3rd person] is in a physically-intensive profession, your [2nd person] body is wasting away while you [2nd person] are working.  Additionally, diet [3rd person] also suffers as you [2nd person] spend more time at work.  No longer do you [2nd person] have the time to prepare healthy meals at home or even worse, we [1st person] may not have time to eat at all.

Solution: Decide what type of writing project you're working on, and determine what point of view is most appropriate

Correct Examples: Below are samples of properly using point of view for various writing occasions

1st person, indicating a personal experience

I have found that increasing my workload is taxing on both my physical and mental health. Unless I am in a physically-intensive profession, my body is wasting away while I work.  Additionally, my diet has also suffered as I have spent more time at work.  No longer do I have the time to prepare healthy meals at home or even worse; I sometimes do not have time to eat at all.

2nd person, instructing the reader

Increasing your workload is taxing on both your physical and mental health. Unless you are in a physically-intensive profession, your body is wasting away while you are working.  Additionally, your diet also suffers as you spend more time at work.  No longer [do you] have the time to prepare healthy meals at home or even worse, you may not have time to eat at all.

3rd person, addressing a general situation

Increasing workloads tax both physical and mental health.  Unless a person is in a physically-intensive profession, a body will waste away with inactivity.  Additionally, the diet suffers as more time is spent at work because people do not have the time to prepare healthy meals or, even worse, may not have time to eat at all.

Using 3rd person in an essay, but including 1st person to give a personal example as evidence:

As mentioned above it can be appropriate to use 1st person in a formal academic essay ONLY WHEN giving a specific personal experience as a form of argumentative evidence.

Increasing workloads tax both physical and mental health.  Unless a person is in a physically-intensive profession, a body will waste away with inactivity. [Begin personal example in 1st person] For example, when I began working as an accountant, I experienced a noticeable decline in my physical health. I found that I could not engage in sporting activities as easily as I had done in the past. [Now that the example has concluded, return to 3rd person] In addition to a decline in physical health, the diet suffers as more time is spent at work because people do not have the time to prepare healthy meals or, even worse, may not have time to eat at all.

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How to use I, me, myself and other personal pronouns


This grammar check page will help you fix your common grammar mistakes in English when using personal pronouns. You will know when to say I or me, she or her, he or him, we or us, they or them, and myself or yourself. It includes easy to understand information on subjects, direct objects, indirect objects and using reflexive and emphasis words and how to conjugate them.


How to use I, me, myself and other personal pronouns

Knowing when to use I or me, she or her, he or him, we or us, they or them, and myself or yourself can be difficult. It includes easy to understand information on subjects, direct objects and indirect objects and how to conjugate for them.

The subject of a sentence is the noun that is acting in a sentence. A lot of times, it is the first noun in a sentence. The direct object is a noun or pronoun that is acted upon, receives action or shows the result of an action. An indirect object is also acted upon, but answers the question to whom or for whom something is done. Here are some easy tips on how to work with these.

Using I or me

I is the first person form for a subject. When the individual speaking is the subject or one of the subjects of the sentence, the right word to use is I. When you can't remember, just take out the other subject. You wouldn't say "Me go to the store."

Right: She and I went to the store.
Wrong: She and me went to the store.

Always use me if the individual speaking is an object of a preposition or verb. If in doubt, remove the other object. You wouldn't say, "He is talking to I."

Right: He is talking to Sarah and me.
Wrong: He is talking to Sarah and I.

Using he or him, she or her, we or us, they or them

All the other personal pronouns function the same way in a sentence. Use he, she, we and they when they are are the subject of the sentence. If in doubt, remove the other subject and say it. You wouldn't say "Her should talk about it" or "Them are responsible for it."

Right: You and he should talk about it. You and they are responsible for it.
Wrong: You and him should talk about it. You and them are responsible for it.

Use him, her, us, them when they are are the object of a verb or preposition. If in doubt, remove the other object from the sentence and say it to yourself. You wouldn't say "He is talking to we."

Right: He talked to Colette and then us.
Wrong: He talked to Colette and then we.

Myself, herself, himself, yourself

5. Myself should never be used instead of I or me. Myself is only used reflexively, such as to identify that something occured to you or for emphasis to clarify who did something.

Right: She and I are going to the fair.
Wrong: She and myself are going to the fair.

Right: He drove John and me to the store.
Wrong: He drove John and myself to the store.

Here is the proper usage of myself.

Right: I hurt myself. (Reflexive)
Wrong: I hurt me.

Example: I saw it happen myself. (For emphasis)
Example: I heard her say it myself. (For emphasis)

Using herself, himself, yourself, themselves

The same rules apply to herself, himself, yourself, themselves as to myself. These words should only be used reflexively, such as to identify that the subject did something to themselves or it is used for emphasis to clarify who did something.

Right: You and he are reading the same book.
Wrong: You and himself are reading the same book.

Right: He drove John and her to the store.
Wrong: He drove John and herself to the store.

Here is the proper usage of yourself, herself, himself, themselves.

Example: Did you hurt yourself? (Reflexive)
Example: He accidentally hit himself. (Reflexive)
Example: She accidentally tripped herself. (Reflexive)
Example: I think we made a mess of ourselves.(Reflexive)

Example: You should read that book yourself? (For emphasis)
Example: She did it all herself.(For emphasis)
Example: Bob told me himself. (For emphasis)
Example: They did it themselves.(For emphasis)

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