-persons o people?-

-persons o people?-
Nota d'uso
Person ha un plurale regolare, persons, utilizzato esclusivamente in contesti formali, in particolare in ambito legale, e ricorre spesso sugli avvisi: This cab is licensed to carry a maximum of four persons, questo taxi può trasportare un massimo di quattro persone. Nell'inglese di ogni giorno, “persone” si traduce con people: I can give two people a lift, posso dare un passaggio a due persone. Anche se grammaticalmente è un sostantivo singolare, people va sempre concordato con il verbo al plurale: There were a lot of people, c'era tanta gente (non There was a lot of people). People possiede anche il significato di “popolo”, e in questa accezione ha un suo plurale, peoples: the peoples of Europe, i popoli d'Europa.

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