Learn English – Pronoun to use in a one-person report (“I”, “we”, something else)


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Style Question: Use of “we” vs. “I” vs. passive voice in a dissertation

When I am writing a report I usually use we.

What if the project is done by only one person? Should I use I? It sounds a little bit arrogant.

Best Answer

This is why some people resort to the passive voice. Instead of writing, "I did such and such..." they write, "Such and such was done..."

I think part of the decision of whether to use "I" depends on the audience who will be reading your report. I would follow the convention you have seen in other reports in your business.

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