“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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