Persuasion is an attempt to influence others to adopt a certain belief or point of view or to convince them to take some action. Whenever we attempt to get others to accept our opinion on a subject, to agree with our point of view on an issue, or to take some action we recommend, we are engaged in persuasion.
Argument is a specific type of persuasive writing in which you follow a structured process for persuading others, primarily through logical reasoning.
Persuasive writing and argument may use a variety of approaches to achieve their purposes. These papers are often written using a third–person point of view to keep the writing focused on the issue, and they use logic to appeal to readers. However, in some papers you may want to engage readers in the discussion, so you may talk to them directly using a second–person point of view (you, your) or create a bond with them by using a first–person plural point of view (we, our). A portion of a persuasive paper is shown below as an example.
Planting vegetables in a home garden can be an exciting and satisfying hobby. It can be gratifying to serve your home–grown vegetables at family meals or to share your harvest with neighbors. Not only is it fun to watch the plants mature and to inspect the progress of the vegetables as they grow, but the taste of home–grown vegetables cannot be beat. While others are buying tasteless hothouse tomatoes at the grocery story this summer, you could be harvesting vine–ripened tomatoes from your own backyard.
When is third-person point of view used?
Third person is used when a degree of objectivity is intended, and it is often used in academic documents, such as research and argument papers. This perspective directs the reader’s attention to the subject being presented and discussed. Third person personal pronouns include he, she, it, they, him, her, them, his, her, hers, its, their, and theirs.
Examples of sentences written from the third person point of view:
- She went to the library to consult with the reference librarian about her paper’s topic.
- When he got to his car, he was glad to see that his friend was waiting for him.
- The students entered the classroom nervously on the first day of class; they had not had the opportunity to become acquainted with their professor or with each other.
- Jenny and her friend used backpacks to simplify the task of carrying books, notebooks, writing tools and a laptop around campus.
- Human sex trafficking is a social problem that requires decisive action; its victims should be given the opportunity to escape the cycle of exploitation to which they have become slaves.
Third Person Personal Pronouns
|3rd person||he, she, it, they||him, her, it, them||his, her, hers, its, their, theirs|