Person is a property of finite verbs and of the class of pronouns called personal. It expresses the relationship between the speaker and the subject of the verb or the referent of the pronoun. The first person refers to the speaker him- or herself, the second person to the person the speaker is addressing, and the third person to any other person or thing.

Person is not much more difficult to understand in Old English than it is in Modern English. Verbs are marked for person only in the indicative singular. Pronouns are marked for person much as they are now, except that Old English distinguishes between the second-person singular and plural--a distinction that Modern English has lost. Modern readers will have more difficulty with other aspects of the verb and pronoun paradigms (e.g. mood and case).