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    #1

    look and expression


    there was a strange look on the faces of that people.
    there was a strange look on that people's faces.
    there was a strange expression on the faces of that people.
    there was a strange expression on that people's faces.


    hi,
    are these sentences correct, please?
    thanks.


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    Re: look and expression

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post

    There was a strange look on the faces of those people.
    There was a strange look on those people's faces.
    There was a strange expression on the faces of those people.
    There was a strange expression on those people's faces.


    hi,
    are these sentences correct, please?
    thanks.
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    #3

    Re: look and expression

    I agree that 'those people' probably is correct in this setting, but isn't it also possible to say 'that people'? Then you would, of course, not be referring to people in plural, but to a people, such as the Aborigines of Australia for instance. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: look and expression

    Quote Originally Posted by norwayteacher View Post
    I agree that 'those people' probably is correct in this setting, but isn't it also possible to say 'that people'? Then you would, of course, not be referring to people in plural, but to a people, such as the Aborigines of Australia for instance. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    Yes, you're fundamentally right but, as you imply, it's unlikely that, as a people, aborigines have a strange look on their faces. Even so, "that people" would still sound strange if you were referring to a people such as aborigines.

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    Re: look and expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, you're fundamentally right but, as you imply, it's unlikely that, as a people, aborigines have a strange look on their faces. Even so, "that people" would still sound strange if you were referring to a people such as aborigines.
    The word ''people'' here must be interpreted as a "group of persons'', right?
    By the way, I have already seen the expression "2 persons" in English and I wonder when it can/should be used.
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    Re: look and expression

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    The word ''people'' here must be interpreted as a "group of persons'', right?
    By the way, I have already seen the expression "2 persons" in English and I wonder when it can/should be used.
    Thanks.
    Generally it is used in a legal or judicial situation. It is not common usage apart from this.

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    Re: look and expression

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    The word ''people'' here must be interpreted as a "group of persons'', right?
    Yes, but not just any group of persons/people. "A people" refers to a race, or nation, or tribe - something that differentiates them from another people.
    "a francophone people", "an aboriginal people", "a people from nowhere".
    "There are many native peoples of North America. The Navajo are a people who still retain their own language".
    Last edited by Raymott; 07-Aug-2008 at 07:47. Reason: typo

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