A Different Point of View


After a recent school test, a young male student came up with a different type of essay that amazed me. For most of his sentences or paragraphs, he would start with the personal pronoun "You are..." or anything like so.


For example:

"You know them to be the signs of your self-mutilation".

"You no longer care. All that matters now is feeding refuse and fuel to the fire that keeps you going; that gives colour and meaning to your life."


My teacher said that such writing style is recommended as well.


All I saw was a piece of paper riddled with nothing but ticks.


I found the essay very interesting and wish to follow suit with the next story I would like to start on. 


Shockingly, I found out that Grammarly did not support this style of writing, or so I presumed. When I typed "You are walking towards a silver-coloured motorized vehicle.", an error regarding my writing style was mentioned. However, when I changed it to "David is walking towards a silver-coloured motorized vehicle.", it gave a perfect 100%. 


I would like to ask: are these kinds of writing styles not supported?

I find the essay flawless because it sounds right to me, but I need an expert's opinion on this.



1 answer


Formal writing almost always uses the third person perspective. An essay for school should usually use formal writing unless it is a creative writing class. I don't work for Grammarly (no one here does) so I can't speak for the company. But I believe most of its customers use Grammarly for formal writing. That said, the software doesn't understand context. It is still up to the writer to decide if the suggestions are appropriate for the desired style.

link answered Apr 08 '13 at 02:38 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

I see. I was just wondering if the writing style was actually grammatically correct before I jump right into writing that style. At least now I have a clearer vision of Grammarly's limits. Thanks for your response :)

Duane Chung JieApr 08 '13 at 05:11

Oh and by the way, it was not a creative writing class.

Duane Chung JieApr 08 '13 at 05:13

Ignore the comment before this. I think it might have been creative writing class.

Duane Chung JieApr 08 '13 at 05:20

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