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Third Person and Personal Pronouns

Third Person
Writing, “The writer instructed the patients.” when “the writer” refers to yourself is ambiguous and may give the impression that you did not participate. Instead, use a personal pronoun: “I instructed the patients.”

When to use Personal Pronouns
While the Publication Manual encourages the use of "I" instead of the third person, the use of personal pronouns "you" and "we" are rarely used in academic papers because authors seldom address their readers directly. For more discussion visit: http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/should_I_use_I.html