What is the difference between the first and third person styles of writing?  

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Writing in first person and third person can have strengths and weaknesses. To write a report in first person, a writer includes his or her own unique perspective. Writing in first person means telling the events from a personal point of view. In first person, the writer uses personal pronouns such as I, me, mine, we, us, ours. While writing a report from a personal perspective, you are writing from a first-person point of view.

Third-person point of view is used more often than first-person. It is written from the perspective that is less up-close and personal. Events are told as though from an observer's or a witness's pespective, from the perspective of someone not involved in the events. Third person writing style uses the pronouns he, she, they, it or the name of a person.

Lastly, when writing, there is one important thing to remember. Never switch back and forth from first person to third person. Choose one form or the other and stick with it. In report writing, the one you choose will depend upon the kind of report and the specifications associated with it. For example, investigative reports must be first-person point of view.