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    persons or people

    Hi everybody,
    I'd like to know the difference in meaning and use between persons and people.
    Thanks. Rip.

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    Re: persons or people

    hi, here is my understanding.

    People is the plural form of person. So we seldom hear "two persons". Most of the time we say "two people".

    The exception here is you might see "two persons" in legal files that want to stress individual person.

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    Re: persons or people

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Hi everybody,
    I'd like to know the difference in meaning and use between persons and people.
    Thanks. Rip.
    I agree with Welldone. In addition, use 'people' to refer to a group, and use 'persons' to refer to the individual members of a group.

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