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    people/persons

    At school, I'm told that people is the only accepted plural form of person yet in some documents or on a few signs and notices, I still see persons being used. What is the distinction between these two words?

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    Re: people/persons

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    At school, I'm told that people is the only accepted plural form of person yet in some documents or on a few signs and notices, I still see persons being used. What is the distinction between these two words?
    What you were told in school is wrong.
    Here's one view. There are others.
    http://www.dailywritingtips.com/people-versus-persons/

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    I see persons used mostly in legal texts or where people want to sound lawyerly or official.

    BTW People, in the sense of a nation or similar grouping, can be used in the plural- the peoples of the world (seen as separate groups and not as a single species)

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    Persons is also used extensively in philosophy as the first line of the article below, and the Bibliography proves:
    Personal Identity (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

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    Re: people/persons

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    Persons is also used extensively in philosophy as the first line of the article below, and the Bibliography proves:
    Personal Identity (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
    I must get round to reading more philosophy.

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