No You or Yours

@erikmama (12934)
United States
December 29, 2010 11:15am CST
As most of you know I am a writer for a couple of different web sites. I was just writing an article concerning coupons and was trying to not use the word you or yours in the text, but fund it very hard to do. It is something I also find hard on other articles as well. If you are a writer, how do you come up with ways to avoid using these words? Do you find an entire article can be written without those words being used? Any tips to help me avoid these words?
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6 responses
• United States
29 Dec 10
Erikmama- Practice, practice, practice. I know it is an old saying but that is truly what is needed to develop one's writing skills. Simply write out what is to be shared and then revise taking out each of the "you" statements within the text. Change "you" statements to third person. The only time I use the pronoun you is if I am giving someone direct advise. If I am speaking to a general audience I will use third person. Namaste-Anora Samples/Resources: http://www.herodios.com/pronouns.html http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/14/
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@erikmama (12934)
• United States
29 Dec 10
Hello Anora, and thanks for those links. I will definatley check those out as soon as I am able to do so. I do my best with taking them out but there are certain circumstances where I feel the only way to express what I am saying is with a "you". Do you think it is better to write an article containing the word because it is talking directly to someone?
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• United States
29 Dec 10
Erikmama- I think, and this is my humble opinion, it depends upon the type of writing you are doing. If you are writing a "how to" article it is appropriate to use the word "you" as you are speaking directly to one person doing the task, even though many may read the task. For example, if I were writing an article on crocheting a scarf I would not use third person pronouns because it wouldn't be appropriate. Another way to think of writing is in the spoken world. How would you relate the topic at hand if you were giving a speech. If you are in an informal setting there is no need to use formal language. Namaste-Anora
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@erikmama (12934)
• United States
31 Dec 10
Thanks so much Anora, that is some really good information to have. I also need to look up words on the Internet or in a dictonary to fnd other words that I can use in place of them. I seem to turn an article about plumbers or even an article about a payday loan into one.
@GardenGerty (99239)
• United States
30 Dec 10
For a more generic, less personal term you can say one in the same place. One must do this, one must not do that. I suppose I would need to see the articles to help any more than that. I hope you find the right way to string your words together.
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
30 Dec 10
Guess that the articles would be helpful to see what I am talking about. But I was writing a particular article today about coupons where there could not be any verbs, adverbs, or me, you, or yours. Very hard to write for me. I never even thought about using the word one. Guess I really need to expand my vocabulary a bit. LOL!
@Catana (736)
• United States
29 Dec 10
Why would you try to avoid those words so completely? From everything I've read about good article writing, the best way to attract and keep people's attention is to focus what you're writing about on them. If you're writing about using coupons, people want to know what's in it for them, not some abstract person. Besides, writing without the use of personal pronouns is often confusing, not to mention boring.
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@erikmama (12934)
• United States
31 Dec 10
For some of the articles tat I write they do not want you to use those words, and sometimes in other articles that I write I feel that maybe I use the words to much. I think it is good to get personable with your readers, however it also depends on the type of article that is being written.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
30 Dec 10
Same with me! I am not a writer, and I don't write too many things, but when I do I also try not to write in the first person. And as such, I try to avoid the words you, yours, not to mention ours, mine, etc. I've tried writing using third person. Sometimes it works.
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@erikmama (12934)
• United States
31 Dec 10
LOL Bounce! All these persons really confuses me! Maybe I should just use second person! Amanda likes that idea! LOL!
@Wefight (330)
29 Dec 10
Well i personally when writing a article keep a dictionary or thesaures by me at all times and then if i dont think i should use that word for any reason i will look and find a word like it i learnt this from when i was in my promary school they teached us it.If you cant find the word in the dictionary then search it on the internet it will come up with all words you have not come accross before be careful that you know the meening of them some people are out there to trick you on the internet sadly :(
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@erikmama (12934)
• United States
31 Dec 10
That is a really good idea for me to do. I guess I could actually take the time to look on the Internet for the same information as well. Really? What do you mean by trick you?
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
30 Dec 10
For me take notice about tour mistake every time you write your articles so that you feel not bad about dong that or to say that words.