DIFFERENCE OF PERSON AND PEOPLE

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Re: DIFFERENCE OF PERSON AND PEOPLE

Postby sweethuman » Thu May 12, 2011 7:27 am

Constance wrote:Hi Tukanja,

You mentioned an example: This people will not vote for him.

I have learnt in school that 'this' is for singular and 'these' is for plural.

Is 'this' a special usage in the above example?



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Re: DIFFERENCE OF PERSON AND PEOPLE

Postby jmio » Thu May 12, 2011 8:12 am

I don't actually have anything to add to the "people" vs. "persons" debate, but "in context" was perfectly acceptable English, and in my mind probably preferable over any of the alternatives offered.


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