When to use the first person in your academic writing

To maintain the formal tone of any academic document, academic writing experts recommend the regular use of third-person or direct language, which is suitable for imparting knowledge or instruction to the reader. First-person language (use of words including I, we, us, and me) bring the writer’s personal perspective into the academic document and is not recommended for use in a formal academic document.

 

The aim of this article is not to persuade any academic writer to stop the use of third-person language, but rather to use first person in selected instances to make your writing more engaging and interesting to the reader.

 

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