Answered By: Writing Center
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015     Views: 1

Although there can be instances where the use of the word "you" is appropriate, in general it is a good idea to avoid it because it directly addresses the reader. This is especially important for argument essays because directly addressing the reader can give them a reason to disagree with the argument. To avoid using the word "you", simply generalize the noun. Try to replace "you" with people or a person, depending on the context.
Example:
Instead of : You may find that it is difficult to find time to wait in lines on a school day.
Try: Students may find that it is difficult to find time to wait in lines on a school day.

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