Origin of person
Related formsmul·ti·per·son, adjectivesu·per·per·son, noun
Can be confusedindividual party person (see usage note at party) (see synonym study at the current entry)people persons (see grammar note at the current entry)
Using people as a plural of person has not always been free of controversy. From the mid nineteenth to the late twentieth century, the use of people instead of persons was hotly contested; and among some news publications, book publishers, and writers of usage books, it was expressly forbidden. To quell the fires of the argument, some usage authorities attempted to regulate use of the two forms—recommending persons when counting a small, specific number of individuals ( Three persons were injured in the accident ) and people when referring to a large, round, or uncountable number ( More than two thousand people bought tickets on the first day; People crowded around the exhibit, blocking it from view ).
But efforts to impose such precise rules in language usually fail. This rule does not appear in currently popular style manuals, and if such a rule still exists in anyone's mind, it is mainly ignored. People is the plural form that most people are most comfortable with most of the time. Persons seems excessively formal and stilted in ordinary conversation or casual writing. One would probably not say, “How many persons came to your birthday party?” In legal or formal contexts, however, persons is often the form of choice ( The police are looking for any person or persons who may have witnessed the crime; Occupancy by more than 75 persons is prohibited by the fire marshal ). In addition, persons is often used when we pluralize person in a set phrase ( missing persons; persons of interest ). Otherwise, the modern consensus is that people is the preferred plural. Persons is not wrong, but it is increasingly rare.
Examples from the Web for in-person
Not to mention, his collection would not be ready to present in-person.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion|Justin Jones|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only when they schedule an in-person date with someone do they mention their disability.
Obama touted enrollment the old-fashioned way—by phone, or in-person.
After our first on-line interview, I scheduled an in-person interview with Hembling in Vancouver.
The disconnect between online friendship and in-person friendship is also more apparent.Camp Kivu’s Quest to Get Depressed Teens to Disconnect From Social Media|Nina Strochlic|November 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for in-person (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for in-person (2 of 2)
noun plural persons
- actually presentthe author will be there in person
- without the help or intervention of others
Word Origin for person
Medicine definitions for in-person
Culture definitions for in-person
An inflectional form (see inflection) of pronouns and verbs that distinguishes between the person who speaks (first person), the person who is spoken to (second person), and the person who is spoken about (third person). The pronoun or verb may be singular or plural. For example:
first person singular: I walk.
second person singular: you walk.
third person singular: he/she/it walks.
first person plural: we walk.
second person plural: you walk.
third person plural: they walk.
Idioms and Phrases with in-person
In addition to the idiom beginning with person
- person of color
- feel like oneself (a new person)
- in person
- own person, one's