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    Usage of People

    How do i use the word People?

    If i have to say.

    "The food is enough for 15 people" or "We have a group of 15 people in our team"

    Will it be correct or,

    "The food is enough for 15 persons" or "We have a group of 15 persons in our team"

    Want to know can a number be used with the word "People" because its already plural, i doubt it.

    what ever is the answer, please let me know any link or book that clearly states it.

    Thanks

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    Re: Usage of People

    Hello,

    "person" and "people" have the same meaning. However, "person" is the singular form, and "people" is the plural form.

    Moreover, "person" is an irregular noun. You can't make the plural by adding "-s".

    I am not sure, but "persons" might have another meaning!

    To make a long story short, you should say:

    "The food is enough for 15 people"
    and "We have a group of 15 people in our team"

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    Re: Usage of People

    [1] The food is enough for 15 people.
    [2] We have a group of 15 people in our team.

    The noun persons refers to each persons, individually, within a group, and it is used in specialized contexts, usually in Law; e.g., persons (each individual) under the age of 21 will not be served alcohol.

    [3] The food is enough for 15 persons.
    <For example, a chef is talking about a menu; one meal per person added up makes 15 meals, one meal per person, individual.>

    [4] We have a group of 15 persons in our team.
    <For example, the team manager is referring to each member of the team individually.>

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