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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.”
  • n. 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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  • n. In grammar, the form of a verb used when the subject of a sentence is the audience. In English, the second person is used with the pronouns thou and you. In many languages the singular, applying to one person, and plural, applying to several people, are distinct.
  • n. A form of narrative writing using verbs in the second person in order to give the impression that the action is happening to the reader.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pronouns and verbs used to refer to the person addressed by the language in which they occur

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