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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 2:05:52 AM

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Can "in person" be used in regard to inanimate objects?

She wanted to see the furniture in person not on the internet.
thar
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 5:27:46 AM

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You can say that , because she would be there in person looking at it.

In person refers to the viewer.
tautophile
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 1:10:02 PM
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"In person" can refer to the person--not the thing--seen, as well as the person doing the seeing. For example, if you are walking down the street and see a movie star coming your way, you could say, "I saw [the movie star] in person" (as opposed to seeing him or her in a movie). But more often "in person" refers to the person doing the seeing, as in the sentence "She wanted to see the furniture in person not on the internet". That sentence means she wanted to go to the furniture store and look at the furniture there herself, not just see or look at photos of the furniture on the internet or in a catalog.
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