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    " People's " but not " Peoples' "

    Please, could you help me with this question?

    - People is a plural noun
    - We write "People's choice"

    On the other hand tt is correct "The teachers' day" because it is plural, "Teachers". Why not "Peoples' choice".

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    Re: " People's " but not " Peoples' "

    When people means “the entire body of persons who constitute a community or other group by virtue of a common culture, history, etc.,” it is used as a singular, with the plural peoples: The aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere speak many different languages. The formation of the possessive is regular; the singular is people's and the plural is peoples'.

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    Re: " People's " but not " Peoples' "

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    When people means “the entire body of persons who constitute a community or other group by virtue of a common culture, history, etc.,” it is used as a singular, with the plural peoples: The aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere speak many different languages. The formation of the possessive is regular; the singular is people's and the plural is peoples'.

    Source peoples - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    Thank you Soup!

    This means that the Oxford Diccionary is wrong? According to this dictionary, it is always plural!!

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    Re: " People's " but not " Peoples' "

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogota63 View Post
    Thank you Soup!

    This means that the Oxford Diccionary is wrong? According to this dictionary, it is always plural!!

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    Bogota63
    I doubt it. I have a few versions of various Oxford Dictionaries, including access to the humungous OED. They all acknowledge singular people.
    Which version have you got; and exactly how do they indicate that it's always plural?

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    Re: " People's " but not " Peoples' "

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I doubt it. I have a few versions of various Oxford Dictionaries, including access to the humungous OED. They all acknowledge singular people.
    Which version have you got; and exactly how do they indicate that it's always plural?
    Raymott, thank you for your answer.

    I have two Oxford dictionaries, both are the sixth edition. The first is the 6th impression, 2001 and the second is the 5th impression, 2003. The second includes the CD.

    I found the same 9 entries for "people" in them. The only entry that does not have [pl] is number 3, "3 [C] all the persons who live in..." wich means it is a countable noun buy again plural, "all the persons"!!

    Could this [C] be singular in some cases?

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    Re: " People's " but not " Peoples' "

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogota63 View Post
    Raymott, thank you for your answer.

    I have two Oxford dictionaries, both are the sixth edition. The first is the 6th impression, 2001 and the second is the 5th impression, 2003. The second includes the CD.

    I found the same 9 entries for "people" in them. The only entry that does not have [pl] is number 3, "3 [C] all the persons who live in..." wich means it is a countable noun buy again plural, "all the persons"!!

    Could this [C] be singular in some cases?

    Thanks and regards,

    Bogota63
    That's puzzling. But obviously that version has left out the singular use.
    All dictionaries have a space requirement, and while "a people" is correct, it is not common.
    The main reason I posted was to point out that even though they have 9 plural entries and no singular entries, they are not claiming that "it is always plural!!".

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    Re: " People's " but not " Peoples' "

    and while "a people" is correct, it is not common.Originally Posted by Raymott

    I am really surprised that you say that, so surprised that I googled it just to make sure that I wasn't deluding myself (quite possible these days), the search turned up 305,000 hits for "a people" or "a people's".

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    Re: " People's " but not " Peoples' "

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    and while "a people" is correct, it is not common.Originally Posted by Raymott

    I am really surprised that you say that, so surprised that I googled it just to make sure that I wasn't deluding myself (quite possible these days), the search turned up 305,000 hits for "a people" or "a people's".
    I meant it's probably not as common as the 9 plural entries that Oxford decided to put in Bogota's dictionary. I don't have that version, so I can't check it myself.

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