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    Order of Person

    When more than one singular pronoun appear, we put them in the orders from the second person to the third to the first.
    e.g. you, he/she/it and I

    As to plural pronouns, the orders are the first, the second and the third.
    e.g. we, you and they.

    My question is:
    1) When singular and plural pronouns comes together, how do we arrange their orders?
    For example, you[ singular], we, she, her friends, my sister, Judy comes together.

    2)Should I always be the last one to mention, and you[ singular] be the first one?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Order of Person

    Normally, we mention ourselves last. "You" is commonly mentioned first.

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    Re: Order of Person

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Normally, we mention ourselves last. "You" is commonly mentioned first.
    Does ourselves means I or we? And does you includes both singular and plural?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Order of Person

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin-Yu Tsai View Post
    Does ourselves means I or we? And does you includes both singular and plural?

    Thank you.
    It depends on the context. Write some sample sentences to show us how you would use them.

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    Re: Order of Person

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It depends on the context. Write some sample sentences to show us how you would use them.
    example:
    1) You[singular], we, my sister, they and their pet are going to the wedding.
    2) We, you[singular], my sister, they and their pet are going to the wedding.
    3) We, you[plural],my sister,they and their pet are going to the wedding.
    4) You[singular],my sister, Judy, they, their pet and I are going to the wedding.
    5) We, you[singular],my sister,they, their pet and I are going to the wedding.
    6) You[plural], we, they, and Judy are going to the wedding.
    7) You[plural], they, Judy and we are going to the wedding.

    I try to mix [S] and [P] together. Thank you.
    Last edited by Sin-Yu Tsai; 22-Jul-2015 at 21:05.

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    Re: Order of Person

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin-Yu Tsai View Post
    example:
    1) You[singular], we, my sister, they and their pet are going to the wedding.
    2) We, you[singular], my sister, they and their pet are going to the wedding.
    3) We, you[plural],my sister,they and their pet are going to the wedding.
    4) You[singular],my sister, Judy, they, their pet and I are going to the wedding.
    5) We, you[singular],my sister,they, their pet and I are going to the wedding.
    6) You[plural], we, they, and Judy are going to the wedding.
    7) You[plural], they, Judy and we are going to the wedding.

    I try to mix [S] and [P] together. Thank you.
    None of these is particularly natural, With such a large group of people, we are more likely to name people rather than use 'they'. It seems to be assumed that the person addressed knows who 'we' are.

    If you are going to use the pronoun 'they', the order does not seem to me to be that important. #4 and #5 do not work - 'we' includes 'I'.

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    Re: Order of Person

    I heard the basic rules are second person> third person>first person for singular pronouns and first person>second person> third person for plural pronouns, is it correct?
    e.g. You[S] he and I have to go.
    e.g. We you[P] and they have to go.
    Why do we put we first when we put I last even though they are both First Person?

    1)Can we mention first Person we last?
    e.g. You[S], they and we have to go.

    2)How about you[S] and we come together?
    e.g. You[S], we and they have to go.
    e.g. We, you[S] and they have to go.
    Last edited by Sin-Yu Tsai; 22-Jul-2015 at 22:32.

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    Re: Order of Person

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin-Yu Tsai View Post
    I heard the basic rules are second person> third person>first person for singular pronouns and first person>second person> third person for plural pronouns, is it correct?.
    No.

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