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    Smile "people" singular or plural..?

    Good morning..:)

    I just want to make sure whether "people" is singular or plural...

    eg: Sometimes, people doesn't know how to use their brain. (is it correct or not?)

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    Re: "people" singular or plural..?

    Quote Originally Posted by mylittlepony
    Good morning..:)

    I just want to make sure whether "people" is singular or plural...

    eg: Sometimes, people doesn't know how to use their brain. (is it correct or not?)
    people don't know...


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    Re: "people" singular or plural..?

    Additionally,

    Semantics
    Plural: people
    Singular: person

    Grammar
    Singular: People don't . . .
    Singular: A person doesn't . . .

    All the best.


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    The word 'people' is singular in writing but plural in meaning. The singular form is 'person'. However, 'people' can be singular both in writing and meaning when it refers to 'nation' or 'race',and its plural form in this case is 'peoples', for example the peoples of Africa.


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    Re: "people" singular or plural..?

    people are singular in pronunciation but it is plural in meaning...just like philippines because philippines is singular in meaning but plural in pronunciation...

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    Re: "people" singular or plural..?

    Persons can also be used in a formal sense:
    this room can hold 400 persons.

    I recently wrote an article on the singular or plural use of people, staff and data.

    I give some examples and explainations in the post. I hope you find it useful.

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    Re: "people" singular or plural..?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lang Kamara View Post
    The word 'people' is singular in writing but plural in meaning. The singular form is 'person'. However, 'people' can be singular both in writing and meaning when it refers to 'nation' or 'race',and its plural form in this case is 'peoples', for example the peoples of Africa.
    I agree.
    Good answer!

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