can my report writing be in first person?

Dear Student,

Generally it is considered to be "good practice" to write reports in the third person passive voice for a wide array of academic writing. It is even a requirement of publication in several journals.

First and second person by definition are individuals 'involved' in the activity whereas the third person is someone who is merely an observer of the said activity.Since reports are always expected to be objective (impersonal) third person passive tense is the most appropriate.


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