"the other people"

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jctgf

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can i say?

"I'll buy it right now before than [the] other people do it."

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"I'll buy it right now before anyone else does"
 

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can i say?

"I'll buy it right now before than [the] other people do it."

thanks,
jc

As jamiep implied, the 'than' is wrong - so don't be misled by the Portuguese; many languages have two or three words for the relationship that English refers to with a simple 'before'.

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hi,

"other people" is never possible in this question, right?

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Not impossible, just unusual - we'd normallly just say 'others'. You only specify people when you want to emphasize their individuality or their interests: 'You ought to share your toys. There's only one Wendy house, so after you've had your turn you must let other people have theirs.'

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can i say?

"I'll buy it right now before than [the] other people do it."

thanks,
jc

I'm not a native speaker, but I think you should have a clear idea of whom the others, the other people and other people are in context.
-'The other people' makes a distinction between two groups of peole: you, on the one hand and 'the other people' (probably a particular group previously referred to). I think you can also use 'the others' as a pronoun here.
-'Other people' doesn't make that distinction, it refers to anybody else.
However, I cannot tell you much about real usage.
 

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hi,

does "I'll buy it right now before the others do it." sound natural?

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I'd drop 'it'. The rest is a question of who 'the others' are.
 
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