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    We usually state general truths that apply to everyone by using the second person 'you':

    'You have to do something' to mean everyone does

    but we're discouraged from using the word in personal statements.

    and I'm not sure about the use of indefinite pronoun 'one' (one has to do something). is it appropriate in PS?

    How to go about this?
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    (Original post by Nadir Gamer)
    We usually state general truths that apply to everyone by using the second person 'you':

    'You have to do something' to mean everyone does

    but we're discouraged from using the word in personal statements.

    and I'm not sure about the use of indefinite pronoun 'one' (one has to do something). is it appropriate in PS?

    How to go about this?
    Don't use "One"

    Your personal statement should be about YOU. That means you shouldn't be talking about a generic 3rd person/everyone at all. If you are then try to reword your writing to be specific about who you're referring to.

    EG: Rather than "you have to do something" talk about "there is an expectation in modern/western/my society that noone should be inactive." (that's a bit too passive for my tastes but you get the idea).
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    Don't use "One"

    Your personal statement should be about YOU. That means you shouldn't be talking about a generic 3rd person/everyone at all. If you are then try to reword your writing to be specific about who you're referring to.

    EG: Rather than "you have to do something" talk about "there is an expectation in modern/western/my society that noone should be inactive." (that's a bit too passive for my tastes but you get the idea).
    yes it should be about the applicant, but it's sometimes convenient to make a general statement to support your point

    A specific example would be:
    In order to become a good player, you have to practice a lot

    I want to make it clear that it's something everyone has to do, so I don't want to use the first person

    and I also don't think it would be good to say "there is an expectation (obligation..whatever) that everyone should practice a lot to become a good player"
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    (Original post by Nadir Gamer)
    yes it should be about the applicant, but it's sometimes convenient to make a general statement to support your point

    A specific example would be:
    In order to become a good player, you have to practice a lot

    I want to make it clear that it's something everyone has to do, so I don't want to use the first person

    and I also don't think it would be good to say "there is an expectation (obligation..whatever) that everyone should practice a lot to become a good player"
    "It requires practice to become a good player"
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    (Original post by Nadir Gamer)
    yes it should be about the applicant, but it's sometimes convenient to make a general statement to support your point

    A specific example would be:
    In order to become a good player, you have to practice a lot

    I want to make it clear that it's something everyone has to do, so I don't want to use the first person

    and I also don't think it would be good to say "there is an expectation (obligation..whatever) that everyone should practice a lot to become a good player"
    "Practise is key/vital/crucial to ..."
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    (Original post by Nadir Gamer)
    yes it should be about the applicant, but it's sometimes convenient to make a general statement to support your point

    A specific example would be:
    In order to become a good player, you have to practice a lot

    I want to make it clear that it's something everyone has to do, so I don't want to use the first person

    and I also don't think it would be good to say "there is an expectation (obligation..whatever) that everyone should practice a lot to become a good player"
    You don't want to state the obvious though. Do you really need that sentence? It seems pointless. I understand that you might be using a different example to avoid plagiarism detectors, but if not your statement might be better if you just left it out


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