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personal pronouns

First-person pronouns may be used in technical communications when appropriate, and some scientific and technical associations (such as the American Institute of Physics) encourage technical writers to do so. Common first-person pronouns include "we," "our," and "us." Personal pronouns can prevent confusion by clearly and concisely showing who performed an experiment or procedure.

We tested several hundred isolates that were able to ferment glucose.

We deposited a thin film of doped cadmium on the substrate.

Which of the following two sentences is easier to read and understand quickly?

It was determined that the workshop was a success.

We agreed that the workshop was a success.

See also active voice and passive voice.