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  1. welldone
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    person v.s. people

    Dear teachers,

    I was told by a native speaker that we should say:

    "Two people came in"

    instead of

    "Two persons came in"

    Is that true?

    thanks :D

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    Re: person v.s. people

    Quote Originally Posted by welldone
    Dear teachers,

    I was told by a native speaker that we should say:

    "Two people came in"

    instead of

    "Two persons came in"

    Is that true?

    thanks :D
    'persons' is usually used in Business. It's used to emphasize that a group (of people) is made up of individuals, like this,

    The food shipment sent to The Sudan this morning will feed 8,000 persons.
    --CNN

    Two people entered the room. (OK)
    Two persons entered the room. (OK, but usually in a Business/professional context i.e., a detective, a lawyer or the police might say it).

    All the best, :D

  3. welldone
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    wow, that's really subtle...
    I would never get to that without your explanation. Thanks, Casiopea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by welldone
    wow, that's really subtle...
    Thanks, Casiopea!
    Yes. It is, isn't it. :D

    You're welcome. 8)

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