Poll: The lawyers contacted the ____ involved.

The lawyers contacted the ____ involved.

people
persons
Either could be used.

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  • Votes: 442
  • Comments: 6
  • Added: February 2006

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Comments:

Stryfe

This might be more of a personal (hah get it) thing, but I would be happy if "persons" disappeared from the language completely. I think other cases of multiple words are acceptable, but this one just seems silly to me. I dunno.

Justice B

Legal language uses 'persons'

Kimmikoto

True, it a legal for now. It's one of those things they haven't gotten around to fixing. Or, may not fix AIN"T is like 20 years old and is still a word.

Bryan

Ain't is probably at least 200 years old, and still (if we are to believe our English teachers) NOT a word. 'Persons', on the other hand, does not need fixing.

Kadir

I've learning British English, so never seen "persons".

Cartman

"Persons" is used in legal English in Britain.

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