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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #129202: Person? People? or what?
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    Person? People? or what?

    It's just a detail, which is seldom studied by beginners... but it gives some


    lasting and recurring mistakes. It's a habit that you must take from the beginning!

    Come on! You'll see that it isn't difficult!





    1) "A PERSON" isn't used often in English. This noun is met in 

    descriptions next to an adjective (an attribute).

    - Stella is a very nice person. 

    In other cases, SOMEONE or SOMEBODY are used in the singular

    In the plural, use PEOPLE. 

    - Her mother is someone who doesn't work.

    - I have a reservation for five people.  




    2) PEOPLE is used with the plural:

    : People (no determiner) + verb in the plural. 

    - People are strange in this village. 

    - Here, people are respectful of traditions.




    3) EVERYBODY/ EVERYONE (+ singular)

    - Everybody was satisfied when he resigned.





     There is a noun in the singular "people" (plural : peoples) which is used in 

    refined style, meaning "nation" It's rarely used. 

     - The English-speaking peoples.




    Quite easy, isn't it? Go for it! 


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    A. 'When I asked for a taxi for three , I didn't expect a limo!'

    B. There was no delay! was at the meeting-point on time.

    C. 'She is generous and charismatic. Yes, she is a remarkable who is worth meeting!'

    D. 'I talked with several and they all agreed to work together.'

    E. 'Unfortunately, is here to acknowledge that you were right from the beginning.'

    F. 'Don't be too long! Four are waiting for you outside!'

    G. 'Any who wants to visit the museum must enter it before 4.30.'

    H. Three were interviewed for the job, but only one had the right qualifications and experience.

    I. 'I'd like to reserve a table for three , for eight o'clock tomorrow, please.'

    J. Neil Armstrong is the first to have set foot on the Moon in 1969.




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