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  1. ongetz's Avatar

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    Post Help me pls...

    Is this sentence correct?

    The peoples of the world must unite??

    Can we use peoples here??Isn't it people is already in the plural form? Why should we add s???

    Thanks....

  2. Kraken's Avatar

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    Re: Help me pls...

    Not a teacher, but I've found this:

    The plural form peoples logically refers to more than one community or nation, although down the centuries some writers have been chary of it, and in the nineteenth century one described its use as “uncouth”. These days it is the accepted form in contexts like “His authority shaped diverse peoples into common views and allegiances” or “Magnified traditions especially bolster peoples embittered by subjugation or newly come to nationhood”.
    from
    World Wide Words: People Versus Persons

    Hope it helps

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    Re: Help me pls...

    Quote Originally Posted by ongetz View Post
    Is this sentence correct?

    The peoples of the world must unite??

    Can we use peoples here??Isn't it people is already in the plural form? Why should we add s???

    Thanks....
    True, but in this context "peoples" mean a society of". It is a phrase, by the way.

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