Persons or People

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A long time ago 'persons' was used instead of 'people'. While 'persons' is still used in some set phrases, the plural of 'person' is now commonly known as 'people'.

E.g. "Today a person asked me if I know where the bank is".

"Today 10 people asked me if I know where the bank is".

Remember, people is plural so you cannot say 'a people asked me'.

Only use 'a' or 'an' before singular countable nouns.

 

There are a number of common language difficulties in English. The posts on this page are designed to give you answers to some (if not all) of these problems.

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