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Idioms for person
Origin of person
synonym study for person
grammar notes for person
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM personmul·ti·per·son, adjectivesu·per·per·son, noun
Words nearby person
Example sentences from the Web for persons
Ignorance about the existence of persons with intersex conditions is hardly limited to the religious.
Near the central plaza in the town of Iguala, a total of six persons were shot to death.
Holtsman used Schwend to obtain a variety of reports on persons who “might be used by the American intelligence in some way.”
“Check the dining hall,” a young woman exclaimed, waving to her left, and a dozen persons surged in that direction.
The health-care volunteers working in the 2014 hot zone(s) are true heroes, persons of remarkable strength and humanity.
One hundred and eight persons were killed and ninety-two wounded, most of them members of the English naval service.
All persons who speak of their ailings, diseases, or bodily infirmities, are offensive bores.
It is not the persons who sin the least, but those who overcome the strongest temptations, who are the most virtuous.
The diminution of population in Ireland revealed by the 1901 Census amounted to 245,000 persons.Home Rule|Harold Spender
The latter is paid by the persons upon whom it is imposed; the former, by a different set of persons.
British Dictionary definitions for persons (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for persons (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
usage for person
Medical definitions for persons
Cultural definitions for persons
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 persons
In addition to the idiom beginning with person
- person of color
- feel like oneself (a new person)
- in person
- own person, one's