Person is a very common word of English language and anyone with basic English understanding knows and understands what this means. But there are only a handful of people that know what a grammatical person is and how it is so different than the other person we talk about commonly in our language. If you are not among those few chosen ones who know the meaning of grammatical person then continue reading and we will tell you all about it.
In English grammar, the term person refers to the quality of the phrase or clause in a sentence which indicates who the writer is referring to. The way the speaker or writer describes the other person in the sentence like how that particular person is involved in the action described in the sentence is called grammatical person.
I was devastated by the news.
The sentence is said to be in second person when the subject is talking to another person in the sentence. That other person is someone other than the subject and is somehow involved in the action taking place in the sentence.
You were devastated by the news.
He was devastated by the news.
Now the use of he indicates that the writer is not referring to himself or the second person with whom he is talking but the third person who might not even be there for the event. This sentence is an example of third person.