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Using an impersonal style in lab reports

Since scientific writing is usually presented in an impersonal, objective manner, the personal pronouns I, we, and you are generally not used in lab reports. There are several ways of avoiding using personal pronouns.

Use passive sentences

Instead of Write
We tested the specimen. The specimen was tested.
I measured the resistance. The resistance was measured.

Use third person pronouns

Instead of Write
I found that... It was found that...
We concluded that... It was concluded that...

Use the report or its various sections as actor


  • This report presents...

  • The results show...

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