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I will ask people by their proper name how they are.

How is Mary today?

Is this talking to them in third person?

  • Could you say "Mary, how are you today ?" or "How are you today, Mary ?" ? – Random Jun 1 '16 at 16:07
  • "How is Mary today?" is 3rd person (e.g. She is fine). You are not asking Mary directly, so you use 3rd person. – James Wirth Jun 1 '16 at 16:15
  • @JamesWirth I think Abigail is talking about asking Mary directly, but in the third person, e.g. "And how is Mary today?" or "How is my favorite coworker today?" – ColleenV Jun 1 '16 at 17:40
  • So this is how the senerio is...I answer my phone and the person on the other end making the call announces themself as Mary. My reply is "how is Mary today?" is this also 3rd person? – Abigail Jun 1 '16 at 18:55
  • @jameswirth I was greeted by Mary and I replied with the question "how is Mary today?" how or is this third person. – Abigail Jun 1 '16 at 19:32
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Talking in third person is speaking about one's self. For example, if your name is Abigail and you were speaking to Mary, you could say "Abigail is good today." That is one example of using third person.

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