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This is a bit of a nagging question for me. Let's say I'm creating a web application that allows users to sign up for some service, subject to certain terms of service. I've seen some sites use first-person pronouns for this purpose:

By registering, I agree to the terms of service.

Others use second-person pronouns:

By registering, you agree to the terms of service.

For simplicity, let's assume that the terms are readily viewable and fully enforceable. Is there any significant legal difference between the two?

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There is no significant difference between the two and it is simply a matter of (modern) legal writing style.

Traditionally, contracts were always written in the third person, but starting sometime in the late 20th century (if I had to hazard a guess, I'd say sometime in the 1980s), the innovation of writing in the first and/or second person was developed and found to be more readable for most people, especially in contracts of adhesion.

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