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    10 people vs. 10 persons

    At least ten people were killed in the crash.
    This is the example sentence from Oxford Dictionary. Are "10 people" and "10 persons" interchangeable?

    Is "10 people" more usual than "10 persons"?


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    Re: 10 people vs. 10 persons

    'Persons' is formal or used in law, according to http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/person Definition#4

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    Re: 10 people vs. 10 persons

    Thank you very much.

    I currently cannot access the website. If there's more content than you provided with in that entry, could you please make a copy for me here?

    If that is it, it is fine.

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    Re: 10 people vs. 10 persons

    See also the Similar Threads below, thedaffodils.

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    Re: 10 people vs. 10 persons

    Both of us are in China, why can't you access the website? See below.

    4 plural persons formal or law someone who is not known or not named:
    The police are appealing for any person who was in the area at this time to contact them.
    murder by person or persons unknown
    All 115 persons on board were killed.
    ── quoted from
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/person

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    Re: 10 people vs. 10 persons

    The plural of person is usually people
    Sixty four people (NOT persons) died in the fire.
    Persons is also used, but only in public notices and other formal contexts•
    All persons born in the United States are citizens of the United States.
    People meaning 'more than one person' is already plural and cannot form a plural with 's'•
    A lot of British people (NOT peoples) are employed by foreign firms.
    People meaning 'race' or 'nation' is countable and you can add 's' to form a plural in the normal way•
    African peoples

    ── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/person

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