Writing exam answers in first person?Watch
I've never done this before but just wondering would I lose marks for "styllistic, clear writing" if I wrote my answers in first person. E.g. I believe... blah blah.
- Study Helper
It depends on what you're writing. If you're meant to be writing a formal essay, report or anything that's meant to be completely factual, don't use the first person. If it's an opinion piece I suppose you could but you also have to bear in mind that most articles are written to inform. Most people won't care what your personal opinion is unless you're an important figure, so try to avoid bringing yourself into an answer (unless it explicitly requests for you to do it).
EDIT: Obviously if you're doing an English exam and writing creatively, then use the correct person (e.g. first person if you're writing a diary entry or even a formal letter). The above applies to academic writing, essays, etc - I'm sure you get my drift.
- Study Helper
I don't see how writing in the first person would be appropriate there. It's not asking you what your opinion about the research is, it's asking you to evaluate the research. It's not a personal question.
Instead of writing in the first person you can use phrases such as 'it appears that' or 'it could be argued that' etc. I would advise not to use first person when evaluating research, as this requires an objective view and first person tends to make everything appear subjective, and therefore not really valid (especially for science subjects).
I was doing an A2 English Lit piece of coursework, comparing two pieces of War Lit, and I said something like "Remarque's use of blahblahblah reminded me of Jacob Epstein's seminal sculpture, 'The Rock Drill', because..." and I wasn't penalised at all for it.