If people only spoke in third person.

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25 Oct 2020, 9:05 am

How would things sound if people only spoke in the third person?

When referring to themselves instead of saying "I" they said their name. When talking to someone instead of saying "you" they said the person's name.



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25 Oct 2020, 5:07 pm

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25 Oct 2020, 5:20 pm

There is only one of me.


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25 Oct 2020, 5:34 pm

Mountain Goat wrote:
There is only one of me.


In case you dont know:

If you say "I", or "me", in a sentence you are speaking in "the first person".

If you say "you" to address the person with who you are speaking that is "the second person".

And if you say "he, she, they" that is "speaking in "the third person".



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25 Oct 2020, 6:03 pm

We are not pleased with being spoken of by heretofore un-named parties Especially in the third persons. :D


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25 Oct 2020, 6:05 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
Mountain Goat wrote:
There is only one of me.


In case you dont know:

If you say "I", or "me", in a sentence you are speaking in "the first person".

If you say "you" to address the person with who you are speaking that is "the second person".

And if you say "he, she, they" that is "speaking in "the third person".


Thanks. It is hard to think about. Is the things I failed in when trying to make sentences in other languages. I can do English grammer because I speak it. But... How the English language works... Uhmmm. My Mum is good at this. Is her special interest. :D


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25 Oct 2020, 6:06 pm



Oh. I can do this. Put "We" instead of "I". That is how the queen speaks.


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25 Oct 2020, 6:34 pm

Trans people would out themselves really quickly...


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25 Oct 2020, 7:06 pm

HRH Queen Elizabeth of England .


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25 Oct 2020, 7:22 pm

Jakki wrote:
HRH Queen Elizabeth of England .

Of Britain. Not just England.


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25 Oct 2020, 7:27 pm

Mountain Goat wrote:
Jakki wrote:
HRH Queen Elizabeth of England .

Of Britain. Not just England.


Ooopps please forgive my indiscretion . Mistook England , to be all of Britain . Sorry


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25 Oct 2020, 7:29 pm

Don't some languages actually speak only in third person? Or do all languages have first, second and third person?

Also, could there possibly be a forth person? Or is it just first, second and third? :)


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25 Oct 2020, 7:31 pm

Then comes the question of Southern areas of USA , is. Using the word “ yah All”. Is that speaking in the third person ?

That’s an interesting question about other languages ?


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25 Oct 2020, 7:44 pm

Vamp liked the idea .... until y'all went into depth


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25 Oct 2020, 8:09 pm

HighVamp913 wrote:
Vamp liked the idea .... until y'all went into depth


Then there is my person version of third , plus person language “ Allz Yallz”


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25 Oct 2020, 8:11 pm

Jakki wrote:
Then comes the question of Southern areas of USA , is. Using the word “ yah All”. Is that speaking in the third person ?

That’s an interesting question about other languages ?


no no no

"You" is "second person singular". "Yawl" is "second person plural".

I will get to an interesting point in a moment, but first ...it breaks down thus.

I/me" is first person singular. "We" is first person plural. "you" is 2nd person singular, AND is also 2nd person plural (in standard US and UK English), but most European languages have a separate second person plural.

And "he/him/her/Joe blow/that guy over there" ...etc are all 3rd person singular. And "they" is third person plural.

Whats interesting is that most European languages have a formal "you" that doubles as the plural "you" (if you are addessing a group), and a familiar informal "you" which is only singular. You spoke to individuals who out ranked you with the formal you, and you spoke to groups with the formal you. You spoke to familiar individuals with the informal you.

In Spanish informal is "tu" and formal and plural is "usted".

Three hundred years ago English was the same. Informal was "thou", and formal was "you" which could double as plural.

The Quaker faith is all about equality. So they made it a duty to address everyone by the then informal form of you: thou.

But later "thou" was dropped from the English language entirely. And we just use "you" indescriminately(which renders the Quaker custom meaningless now).

The upside is that we English speaker no longer have to worry about the rank of the person we are addressing when we say "you".

The downside is that we no longer have a plural "you" (a needed thing).

In the American south they reinvented that with "yawl", and in western Pennsylvania they did so with "you-ins". And the Irish and Italian immigrants in Boston and in NYC simply stuck an S on the end: "I want the both of ya's to zip it!".