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    Is it correct?


    The Chineses are a hard working people.

    Is it correct to use "a" here?

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    Re: Is it correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    The Chineses are a hard working people.

    Is it correct to use "a" here?
    The Chinese doesn't need "s".

    "A" is correct grammatically but usually you don't need it there. "People" is usually a plural noun.

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    #3

    Re: Is it correct?

    Yes, use the "a."

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    #4

    Re: Is it correct?

    Is no "a" incorrect then, Dave?

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    Re: Is it correct?

    It's not incorrect. It's common to refer to "a people" when discussing traits of a nationality/ethnicity.

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    Re: Is it correct?

    The Chinese are interesting people = Chinese people are interesting.

    The Chinese are an interesting people = The Chinese (people) are an interesting set of people = The Chinese are an interesting race.

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