a people

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a people

Post by Nami Nami » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:44 am

Dear teacher,

Below is from the song "Do you hear the people sing?".

It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again!

My question is why "a" is placed in front of the plural noun "people"? Thanks.

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Re: a people

Post by Alan » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:59 am

'People' here is a singular noun meaning 'race/ethnic group' (not the plural of 'person').