Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: May 25, 2016     Views: 659

Use of the first-person singular pronouon "I"

Both Walden and APA allow for and encourage the appropriate use of the first-person pronoun "I" in scholarly writing. However, doctoral capstone abstracts should remain in third person.


Use of the first-person plural pronouns "we," "our," or "us"

The first-person plural pronouns "we," "our," or "us" is allowed in APA style only to describe yourself in a group of researchers (e.g., My colleagues and I created the survey. We later analyzed the results.).

The general use of "we," "our," or "us," however, is not acceptable in APA style. By using these pronouns, you may be making assumptions about the reader and allowing a conversational tone that is not scholarly in nature.

Note: The second-person pronoun "you" is also not acceptable in APA style. Similar to general uses of "we," "our," or "us," the second-person "you" assumes information about the reader and could create a combative tone in writing.


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