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  1. Anonymous
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    People - Two Little Questions

    Hi!

    I would like to ask, what does this sentence mean: Normal people worry me? Does it mean, that I am worried about normal people, or does it mean, that normal people are worried about me? And if it can mean both, which one is the more common/proper meaning?

    And another question: is it right to say "people is"? Or should it rather be "are"?

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    "Normal people worry me" means that normal people give me cause for concern. They do, perhaps, cause me distress.

    "People" is a plural noun. It should be people are and not people is.

    • People are going to be surprised when they hear that.
      People are going to be shocked by the news.
      People are the same the world over.

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    Re: People - Two Little Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhianon
    Hi!

    I would like to ask, what does this sentence mean: Normal people worry me? Does it mean, that I am worried about normal people, or does it mean, that normal people are worried about me? And if it can mean both, which one is the more common/proper meaning?

    And another question: is it right to say "people is"? Or should it rather be "are"?
    1st q: 1st option

    2nd q: 2nd option

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    Re: People - Two Little Questions

    people is the plural of person therefore it must take "are" but some times it is used singular , incase of naiton ... people and peoples

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