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See also: third-person
- Used other than as an idiom: see third, person.
- (linguistics, with "the") The words, word-forms, and grammatical structures, taken collectively, that are normally used of people or things other than the speaker or the audience.
- In English, the third person consists of pronouns such as he, she, it, and they, verbs such as is and has, and most nouns.
- 2006, Alexander McCall Smith, Love Over Scotland, Random House Digital (2007), ISBN 978-0-307-27598-1, pages 243-4:
- “Yes,” said Dr Fairbairn. “Very. And then there’s the interesting question of those who use the third person about themselves.”
- “Oh,” said Irene, vaguely. It occurred to her that she used the third person on occasion when talking to Bertie. She said things such as: “Mummy is watching, Bertie. Mummy is watching Bertie very closely.” That was using the third person, was it not? In fact, it was a double use of the third person; first (I, mother figure) became third, as did second (you, son). What did this reveal about Irene? she asked herself. No, deliberate play; what does that reveal about me?
- (grammar) the form of a verb used when the subject of a sentence is not the audience or the one making the statement. In English, pronouns used with the third person include he, she, it, one, they, and who.
- "Is" is the third-person singular of "to be"
- A form of narrative writing using verbs in the third person in order to give the impression that the action is happening to another person.
- (law) Someone not associated with a particular matter; a third party.
1828, Comprising Reports of Cases in the Courts of Chancery, King's Bench, and Common Pleas, from 1822 to 1835: and Law Journal Reports divided into Equity and Bankruptcy Cases. Common Law Cases 1836-1858, page 11:
- The plaintiffs here are third persons, and cannot be made responsible for the inadequate judgment or the improper exercise of power by the defendant's wife.
the form of a verb used when the subject of a sentence is not the audience or the one making the statement
law: third party — see third party