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    Individuals vs people

    Hi, is the noun "individuals" used properly in the following sentence? Moreover, does it have a different meaning from the noun "people"?

    Celebrities are individuals who lead lives that are disturbingly distant from reality; they are plastic people living in plastic bubbles.

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    Re: Individuals vs people

    Yes, "individuals" is used correctly. You could substitute "people" without much of a change of meaning. One could say that using "individuals" focuses a little more on their being individuals rather than a group.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 20-May-2014 at 11:56. Reason: typo

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    Re: Individuals vs people

    But it can get excessive. If you ever hear Viv Richards commentating on cricket, you'll notice that he uses the word indiividual every other sentence.

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    PS And factor in the alternate sentences.
    Last edited by BobK; 20-May-2014 at 10:11. Reason: PS Added

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