person v.s. people

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welldone

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Dear teachers,

I was told by a native speaker that we should say:

"Two people came in"

instead of

"Two persons came in"

Is that true?

thanks :D
 

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welldone said:
Dear teachers,

I was told by a native speaker that we should say:

"Two people came in"

instead of

"Two persons came in"

Is that true?

thanks :D

'persons' is usually used in Business. It's used to emphasize that a group (of people) is made up of individuals, like this,

The food shipment sent to The Sudan this morning will feed 8,000 persons.
--CNN

Two people entered the room. (OK)
Two persons entered the room. (OK, but usually in a Business/professional context i.e., a detective, a lawyer or the police might say it).

All the best, :D
 
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welldone

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wow, that's really subtle...
I would never get to that without your explanation. Thanks, Casiopea!
 
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