Perspective allows you to set the point of view from which an article is written. For example, a first-person perspective may share personal experiences or opinions, while a third-person perspective tends to provide a more detached, objective view.
The perspective you choose depends on the type of article you're writing, the relationship you want to establish with your reader, and the overall tone you want to set.
First Person Singular (I, me, my, mine): The writer is writing from their own perspective. They are the speaker and the centre of the action. This perspective is intimate, personal, and allows the reader to get into the mind of the speaker. It's often used in personal essays, memoirs, and other forms of autobiographical writing - or to express direct experience.
First Person Plural (we, us, our, ours): The writer includes themselves as part of a group and speaks on behalf of that group. This can create a sense of community, solidarity, or collective experience. It's often used when writers want to convey shared experiences or perspectives.
Second Person (you, your, yours): The writer directly addresses the reader as "you." This perspective can be used to give advice, instructions, or speak directly to the reader's experience. It creates an immediate connection with the reader but can sometimes feel presumptuous or too direct.
Third Person (he, she, it, they): The writer refers to other people or things. This perspective is often used in academic writing, news reporting, and storytelling where the writer is describing others' actions, thoughts, or feelings. This perspective provides a level of detachment, as the writer isn't personally involved in the action.