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    I have seen many formal and legal texts with the word 'persons'. Can it be used?

    Example: "...to the persons Referred to in article 3, paragraph 2, of Law no. 12345..."

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    Marina

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    Re: Persons

    Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    It's often used in legal contexts, especially in phrases like '[together with] a person or persons unknown' (note the position of the adjective) - as for example 'The charge is that on the <date>, with a person or persons unknown, you did knowingly and recklessly ... etc etc.' (See also the analytic past ['did + <verb>] - another sign that this is an archaic form of words).

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    Re: Persons

    Marina, your post answers your own question.

    I don't recommend using it outside of legal documents.

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