«People» vs. «Persons»

As English teachers, there are some common doubts that our students ask us about all the time. One of these is the question of «people» vs. «persons». Spanish-speaking students often mistakenly use the word «persons» instead of the irregular plural «people», and inevitably one of their classmates will shout out: «That word doesn’t exist!» While it’s true that the student probably made an error, it’s also true that «persons» is actually a correct plural form for «people», although in a different context.

«People?» «Persons?» When should we use one or the other? Get rid of all your doubts with this
interesting article by Merriam Webster Dictionary!


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