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    people and persons

    Is there a simple rule to explain when you use these.

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    Re: people and persons

    Quote Originally Posted by tonyp
    Is there a simple rule to explain when you use these.

    person - singular; persons - plural
    people - plural

    That`s the person I`ve met this morning
    These are the people I`ve met this morning

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    Re: people and persons

    Additionally, "persons" is mostly found in formal or technical contexts, where there is a particular reason for regarding the "persons" as a collection of individuals, rather than a group. For example (from Google):

    1. National listings of unidentified deceased persons.
    2. The Missing Persons Helpline.
    3. ...persons of suspicious appearance...

    MrP

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