Person vs Persons vs People vs Peoples
Hi, I’m Dan from BBC Learning English and today I’m going to talk to you about person and persons, people and peoples.
大家好，我是BBC的丹. 今天我们来学习person 和 persons, people 和 peoples.
A person is a human man, woman, or child. It is a singular countable noun. There was one person at the door.
The plural of person is people. It refers to a group or a number of human beings. It is a plural countable noun. There were three people at the door.
So how about persons?
Persons is a plural countable noun. It's similar to people, but it's considered more polite and more formal. It’s most often seen written down. This lift can hold a maximum of 15 persons.
Peoples is the countable plural form of people and comes from the other meaning of people. People can mean nation. The Aztecs were a people that lived in the Americas. Or, there are many peoples living on the Earth. They are all human - so far.