How do I write in third person? I have to turn in an interview for work. I'm supposed to write in third person and I'm not sure how to do that.

I interviewed a local high school's football player. One of the questions I asked him is, "Why did you decide to be on the football team?" How would I word that in third person?

1 Answer
May 22, 2016

Answer:

Change your questions to third-person statements, and leave the interviewee's answers intact as quotes.

Explanation:

Your interview might go as follows:

YOU: Why did you decide to be on the football team?

HIM: I got arrested for joyriding in a car that had been stolen, and the judge was a big fan of local high school football, so I had a choice: Football or juvie.

The article you write might look more like this:

Parker got involved in football during his high school years. "I got arrested for joyriding in a car that had been stolen," he explained, "and the judge was a big fan of local high school football, so I had a choice: Football or juvie."

The text needs to be third person; the quotes do not.