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vkhu

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At school, I'm told that people is the only accepted plural form of person yet in some documents or on a few signs and notices, I still see persons being used. What is the distinction between these two words?
 

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I see persons used mostly in legal texts or where people want to sound lawyerly or official.

BTW People, in the sense of a nation or similar grouping, can be used in the plural- the peoples of the world (seen as separate groups and not as a single species)
 
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