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    #1

    people and person......

    What are the differences in usage of the following :
    • people
    • person
    • individual

    Do the followings have plural form?
    • person (persons)
    • individual (individuals)

    Tks / ju

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    Re: people and person......

    Hi Ju

    For the use of the plural word peoples, see the Thesaurus section of:
    peoples - definition of peoples by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    Noun1.
    peoples
    - the human beings of a particular nation or community or ethnic group; "the indigenous peoples of Australia"


    For the use of the plural word persons, see the (UK)
    Usage section of:
    Persons - definition of Persons by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    person [ˈpɜːsən]n pl persons
    Usage: People is the word usually used to refer to more than one individual: there were a hundred people at the reception. Persons is rarely used, except in official English: several persons were interviewed

    For the use of the plural word individuals, see particularly: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/individuals

    b. A human regarded as a unique personality: always treated her clients as individuals.

    Hope this helps
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    Re: people and person......

    "People" is generally plural unless you are referring to different nations, tribes, subgroups, etc. We would talk about the American people, but the various peoples of Africa.

    "Persons" is used in phrases like "missing persons" or "persons of interest."

    But it is true that in general we use "people" and not "persons" to refer to groups. "100,000 people will attend the Super Bowl tomorrow."

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