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antonio
Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 10:26:28 PM
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Which one is correct?

1. That is good for 6 persons.

2. That is good for 6 people.

I really think that the first sentence is correct but I wanna hear from you TFD friends.

^_^
DavidL
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You're asking members of the forum to help in speaking grammatically correct English, yet, in the same forum, use 'wanna'.
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Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:07:12 AM
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In American English, people is preferred over persons except in quotations, or in stock phrases like Missing Persons, third persons, etc.

Through usage people has come to have a more natural sound than persons which is why it is preferred. At one time a distinction was made that people is general and persons specific, for example: "Thousands of people attended the football game." "The committee was formed of five persons." Now that distinction, like many in the English language, is seen as pedantic.

So in answer to your question, number two (2) is the better choice.
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I feel if the individuality of persons remains, "persons" can be used. If the sense involves collectiveness, "people" can be used.

Order a large pizza. This is good for six persons.
Each person can eat his own share.

This car is better. This is good for six people.
All six can accomodate comfortably in the car.
vladivistok
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I've heard that "persons" is exclusively used in legal and formal situations. Is that right?
antonio
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DavidL wrote:
You're asking members of the forum to help in speaking grammatically correct English, yet, in the same forum, use 'wanna'.


Sorry. I asked the question for me to know what to use.
Diannelli
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"people" is a collective noun. This word is used if you are referring to a group of people. "persons", on the other hand, is used if you are referring to a number of people individually. Though they are both plurals of the word "person".
jmacann
Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2011 2:13:08 PM
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... they remain etymologically distinct.
uuaschbaer
Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:15:03 PM

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antonio wrote:
DavidL wrote:
You're asking members of the forum to help in speaking grammatically correct English, yet, in the same forum, use 'wanna'.


Sorry. I asked the question for me to know what to use.


There is nothing to apologize for; if you wanna say wanna, you say wanna. You can say wanna here all day long 'cuz there's nothing wrong with saying wanna so long as you don't use it in a job application or other missive of formal character, that's all.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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I once crammed 12 people to a 5 person jeep. Ok, if some of them were only Second Lieutenants?
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2011 6:55:00 PM

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Do second looeys count as persons, or do you only get to be a person from Captain up ?

@ Vladivistok : not exclusively, but predominantly I'd say

@ Srirr : Your first example, though ' correct ', doesn't sit comfortably in that kind of informal situation. I feel where you are with the collective vs individual, however. MTC makes good sense, though I think ' persons ' in regard to a committee sounds right ; it seems to fit the sense of collective individuality ( if you get my drift ) that a committee embodies.
Julya
Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 5:26:01 PM
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I think the correct option is 1) . The word "people" has not plural (if only the speech is not about nations) But the word "people" requires the verb of plural... (because "people" mean many persons) For example : The people of Norway are called Norwegians. ("are" not "is") But "The peoples of Africa" (in Africa there are many nationalities (or peoples))
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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You got that exactly right, Julya.
Almanac123
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6 people take away 5 = 1 people.
6 persons take away 5 = 1 person. Which do you prefer?
Drag0nspeaker
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Almanac123 wrote:
6 people take away 5 = 1 people.
6 persons take away 5 = 1 person. Which do you prefer?

Hello Almanac.
Welcome to the forum.

In this case, there is no choice - it is not a matter of 'preference'.

6 people take away 5 = 1 people. - This is incorrect.

6 persons take away 5 = 1 person. - This is correct.
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