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    persons vs people

    The Internal Security Act was used against persons/people deemed to be agitating racial discord and persons/people engaged in espionage.

    Which word in bold in each case should I use? The word 'persons' is used in the sentence? Would it be wrong if 'people' is used 'instead'?

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    Re: persons vs people

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The Internal Security Act was used against persons/people deemed to be agitating racial discord and persons/people engaged in espionage.

    Which word in bold in each case should I use? The word 'persons' is used in the sentence? Would it be wrong if 'people' is used 'instead'?

    Thanks.
    ''Persons' is more legalistic, 'people' more common in everyday language.

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