Should a writer use only third person in an article, or second person if article is informal?
Sometimes, is it acceptable to switch from second to third following introduction?
I think a writer should have an informal voice in an article and "speak" to the reader as if he/she were sitting right in front of them. That means using a mix of "you and I" in the article's text. But I just wrote this in 3rd person, and you'll notice it has a rather detached tone. The internet ( I am assuming we're talking about the internet), lends itself better to a less formal and more conversational voice in writing.
I personally like to use the "you" voice, and keep the article in second person, and avoid that notorious voice shift between third and second person, or if if I'm writing from personal experience, then use "you and I".
I think it depends on the venue and style of the publication or online website. I think it may be acceptable to switch if skillfully done but sparingly.
I always like to use "you" in my articles as it seems like you are talking with your readers which let them finish your article. If I always write in "I" format reader will be less interested in my articles as they don't came to my article to read about me but they came to know what they can benefit from that article.
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