#1
My Composition Fundamentals teacher has some kind of vendetta against using the word "you" in essays, unless it's a hypothetical situation. I'm just curious, do most teachers do this? I mean, I haven't had any other teacher who's made a big deal out of this until now. I mean, is it bad to try to address the reader during an essay, or is there something I'm missing?
#3
^ what he said, you want to keep your essays formal. addressing the reader makes it formal
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#5
^ anothing thing is it takes a lot of punch out of the paper to use you/I/me
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#6
But this assignment (maybe "essay" isn't the right word to use here) is supposed to be written from personal experience; how do you keep that formal?
#7
First and second person are incorrect in formal writing.

edit: Except in opinion pieces, or works were it is necessary to use first person. Second person is pretty much not used.
#9
In an essay, the use of the informal second person is discouraged because an essay is an inherently formal piece of writing. It's preferable to say "one" as opposed to "you". For instance: one does not just yell racial epithets in the middle of a street, as opposed to "you don't just yell racial epithets in the middle of a street".
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#10
It's not acceptable and makes you sound immature.

Instead of you, use "one".

For example:

In order to ________, one should always _____________.

You can also avoid addressing personel altogether and say:

In order to ________, it is first important to ______________.

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#11
Personal pronouns are not supposed to be used in essays. A way to keep your essay formal would be to write in a style like this, as shown in the previous sentences.

I could have also written "You never use personal pronouns, you should keep your essay formal blah blah blah"
There's a way to make every informal sentence with a pronoun formal, just work at it a bit and you'll do better on every paper you write.
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I don't know why, but I tend to make that typo a lot.
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use "one" instead of "you"

Ex. When you're tired you go to bed.

When one is tired (he/she) goes to bed.
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It's very informal. It's telling the audience members what to feel, think, or say, which is too colloquial in the context of a formal essay.
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I don't know why, but I tend to make that typo a lot.



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papers should always be written in the third person. that is one of the most important rules.


no it isn't.


it 100% depends on the teacher. MOST teachers want third person. others will let you write in 1st 2nd or 3rd or even a mix of them. the only person you can ask if it is ok is your teacher
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no it isn't.


it 100% depends on the teacher. MOST teachers want third person. others will let you write in 1st 2nd or 3rd or even a mix of them. the only person you can ask if it is ok is your teacher

It's a general rule in formal writing. It is implied, especially for most analytical essays, that formal rules apply.

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papers should always be written in the third person. that is one of the most important rules.


*first person. Critical, evaluative work is typically at a higher standard than merely descriptive essays (with plenty of references to the ideas of other third party sources - scientific experiments and factual reports etc aside).

You can see why you would need to use the first person to answer a question relating towards your own values or analysation...

there aren't really rules as long as your answering the question, and not making unintentional assumptions about your teacher by using 'you' out of context; "as you can see...." "You might say,.. ", or even "very similar significance to a certain video you made I found on the internet..."
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It's not acceptable and makes you sound immature.

Instead of you, use "one".

I hate when people use one instead, it makes you sound so pretentious and like you're trying too hard. If you have to use a pronoun, you're not doing it right anyway. It's really not difficult to avoid, as you should never directly address your audience anyway. If you find yourself addressing the audience, then your argument probably isn't very sound. If your argument is sound and well supported, there is no need to directly confront the reader to convince them.