First, second, and third person mixed in a sentence

“Ms. Bar sneaks in to eat our candy.”
“You want me to talk to them.”

My mother is a fifth-grade teacher, and she’s currently covering the first, second, and third person points of view. She is generally what I would call a “reliable source,” but she wants my opinion on which person each of these is written in. I can’t make up my mind, and the Google isn’t helping much.

Is the person determined by the subject of the sentence? Does it depend on all of the nouns and pronouns and follow an order of preference (exemplī grātiā, if “my” is present, it’s first person; if “me” and “your” are both present, “your” takes precedence, and the sentence is second person)? Is the person of a sentence even this technical, or must it be interpreted more generally from the surrounding passage?

(I’m not sure if I’m making sense or asking too many questions. Feel free to guide me in making my query clearer and more concise!)


“Ms. Bar sneaks in to eat our candy.”-

“Ms. Bar” is the subject and the pronoun she can replace Ms. Bar. Also since she “sneaks” and has not “been sneaking”, or “is sneaking”, this implies information that only an outside, all observant party would know. So by itself, this would be in the third person.

“You want me to talk to them.”

(Is this a question or a statement?) I guess it doesn’t really matter because either way, the speaker is addressing “you”, and this pronoun suggests that the sentence is written in the second person.


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