People - Two Little Questions

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I would like to ask, what does this sentence mean: Normal people worry me? Does it mean, that I am worried about normal people, or does it mean, that normal people are worried about me? And if it can mean both, which one is the more common/proper meaning?

And another question: is it right to say "people is"? Or should it rather be "are"?
 

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"Normal people worry me" means that normal people give me cause for concern. They do, perhaps, cause me distress.

"People" is a plural noun. It should be people are and not people is.

  • People are going to be surprised when they hear that.
    People are going to be shocked by the news.
    People are the same the world over.
 

Ibeke

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Rhianon said:
Hi!

I would like to ask, what does this sentence mean: Normal people worry me? Does it mean, that I am worried about normal people, or does it mean, that normal people are worried about me? And if it can mean both, which one is the more common/proper meaning?

And another question: is it right to say "people is"? Or should it rather be "are"?

1st q: 1st option

2nd q: 2nd option
 

khush

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people is the plural of person therefore it must take "are" but some times it is used singular , incase of naiton ... people and peoples
 
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