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    how to use people

    I have some doubt about the use of word "people", is it plural or singular?

    Thank you

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    Re: how to use people

    It can be both. Normally, it is plural and refers to a group of individuals, but it can be singular when it refers to a nation or other grouping:
    There are some people here to see you. (plural)
    The Hmong are a people who live in the mountain of Laos. (singular- the Hmong are a tribe and we are thinking of them in this capacity, not as individual people)

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