Person/People/Peoples

Introduction

What is the pulral of person? Many English learners are confused by this question. Here we explain the difference between person, people, persons and peoples.

1 Person, 2 people

A person is a man, woman or child. The plural of person is people, which is an irregular plural form.

Example:
Look at that person over there. What is he doing. Oh, it’s actually two people.

Persons and Peoples

The plural form persons is sometimes used in official language (government documents, police reports etc.), but not in everyday speech. Persons emphasizes each individual person whereas people refers to them collectively.

Example:
The police are searching for several missing persons.
Persons of interest shall be brought in for questioning.

Use peoples to talk about the inhabitants of a nation or members of an ethnic group.

Example:
Indigenous peoples everywhere often face discrimination.