[General] PERSONS ?

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Mauricio67

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Please,

Is there a plural of PERSON ?

I read in a book, and for me the plural of PERSON was only PEOPLE .

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Yes, there is a word "persons" but in 95% of the contexts you are likely to be writing in, "people" will be the better choice.
 

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"Persons" is OK too in certain contexts, but "people" is probably used more frequently.
 

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A common use for 'persons' is the formula* 'person or persons unknown', often used by the police when they don't know who did something.

*I say 'formula' because it's regularly used in that form, although I wouldn't say it's idiomatic, because most people either don't have a reason to use it or use some more modern equivalent like 'someone, or maybe more than one, but we don't know who'.

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It's used quite a lot in legal language.
 

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Is there a plural of PERSON ?
The plural of person is usually people.
Persons is used mainly in public notices and other formal contexts:
´Seating capacity - 12 persons.´
(Dictionary of Common Errors)
 
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