I know that third person is 'he' 'she' 'one' 'they'.. But im writing a laboratory procedure which has to be third person and past tense.
I dont know how to do this !!
Im basically giving instructions for someone to do the experiment so how would i put this sentence into past tense /third person?
I weighed out 10.9g of p-aminophenol on 30mL of water in a 250mL wide mouthed conical flask.
I added 12 mL of acetic anhydride to the mixture and heated on a steam bath.
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- 13-03-2013 02:46
- 13-03-2013 02:57
I'm not sure if I've understood this properly. The only way I can see of doing it without gender bias is using the third personal plural prounoun 'they';
"They would have weighed out 10.9g....." and "They added 12 mL..."
Even then, you would have to add in modal auxiliary verbs like 'would' and 'should' to make it coherent. I can see how it would be done in second person: "You should have weighed" or "You would have added". Using 'They' just sounds strange, to me, anyway.
It's weird. A procedure, or instructions, aren't normally past tense. They're often present tense, using infinitive verbs, such as "1) Put the pot on the stove. 2) Stir the sauce."
Even stranger still, I don't recall anytime I've ever seen pronouns (aside from 'you') used in a set of instructions, so I'm a bit confused about the question and will be keeping an eye on this thread to see the answer!
- 13-03-2013 17:46
The experimenter/scientist weighed out 10.9g of p-aminophenol on 30mL of water in a 250mL wide mouthed conical flask.
They then added 12 mL of acetic anhydride to the mixture and heated on a steam bath.
- 13-03-2013 17:52
Edit: More explanation/ examples here http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/content...76&sid=1925925
http://www.marietta.edu/~biol/introlab/labreprt.pdfLast edited by Jelephant; 13-03-2013 at 18:04.