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    singular or plural?

    "People" in a noun that must be conjugated as a plural...
    Do you know more words that agree with that rule?

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    I don't understand what you are asking.

    You conjugate verbs - not nouns.

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    Re: singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by MraNir View Post
    "People" in a noun that must be conjugated as a plural...
    Do you know more words that agree with that rule?
    Yes, "people" is usually considered plural. Occasionally, it's used in a singular sense, as in "The ancient Macedonians were a warlike people".
    A lot of nouns like this that refer to a collection of people or things are usually treated as being plural - e.g. 'police'.
    Many such nouns can be either singular or plural - government, committee ...


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    Rover: I mean that, in a sentence this noun "people" is plural (so you say "people are" and never "people is"), perhaps you do not know, but in other languages it is singular and when you add a verb it works like "he/she" and not like "them". For instance, this a very common mistake when spanish people learn english.

    Raymott: Thanks for your explanation; only one more thing: Can you say "a group of people" or you are better using "a group of persons"? I have used a translator and it shows me the first option, but I don't believe on these translators too much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MraNir View Post
    Raymott: Thanks for your explanation; only one more thing: Can you say "a group of people" or you are better using "a group of persons"? I have used a translator and it shows me the first option, but I don't believe on these translators too much...
    You say "a group of people". You will probably never need to use "persons" at all.


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    Thanks a lot Raymott!
    Yesterday I had to do an speech in english (I was thinking about it when I doubted about the thing with "people" that you answered me) and I felt insecure with oral english. What can you recommend to be able to speak fluently asap? A briefly explanation would be appreciated


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    'Never too late with language!'

    People= a man and a woman; a child and an adult; a lady and agentleman

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