Definitions

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.

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

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Examples

  • 'Could you maybe explain how killin'  a second person with the same weapon on the same night helps divert attention from our activities in Auchenlea?'

    Boiling a Frog

  • But yet, as the second person is considered as vested with his office of mediation, and the Holy Ghost as the comforter and sanctifier of his saints; so God the Father is in peculiar manner the object of our faith, and love, and worship.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • So could you maybe explain how killin 'a second person with the same weapon on the same night helps divert attention from our activities in Auchenlea?'

    Boiling a Frog

  • 'Could you maybe explain how killin' a second person with the same weapon on the same night helps divert attention from our activities in Auchenlea? '

    It's October, 1956.

  • Yet this text, so plainly declaring the doctrine of Jesus that the world was created by the supreme, intelligent being, has been perverted by modern Christians to build up a second person of their tritheism by a mistranslation of the word {logos}.

    Letters

  • Godhead; but the Godhead, as it is the second person or Word, assumed unto it the manhood, that is, the whole nature of man, body and soul; and all the natural properties and infirmities thereof, sin excepted

    The Practice of Piety: Directing a Christian How to Walk, that He May Please God.

  • Neil was only the second person in the history of his family to attend a university, the first being his great-uncle John Koenig, who had earned a law degree.

    First Man

  • Comana in Pontus was a powerful and wealthy foundation, and the high priest was respected as the second person in the kingdom.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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