Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

How do you talk about people in English?

Is the word “people” plural or singular?

Today, in #5 of the Top 15 Fixes, we discuss a mistake you might be making when you translate your native language into English – and how to fix it!


In some languages, the word for “people” is singular. But it’s important to remember that, in English, this word is plural.

  • People are interesting.
  • NOT: People is interesting.


The singular term for “people” is “person.” This is similar to the situation with the words “children” and “child.”

  • The children are good.
  • The children are energetic.
  • The child is good.
  • The child is energetic.



Lindsay and Aubrey are discussing a fundraiser they are planning.

Aubrey: How many people are attending?

Lindsay: About 2,500 have purchased tickets, so we’ll definitely have a good turnout!

Aubrey: We should talk about the entertainment.

Lindsay: Yes, we’ll have a lot of kids there and we want to make sure the children are having fun!

Aubrey: I think we have plenty of booths set up for them, but we may want to add a few more staff members to help out if needed.

Lindsay: Great idea. Anytime a lot of children are present, it’s a good idea to have extra help.

Aubrey: Definitely! And when the kids are happy and engaged, people are able to look over the silent auction items.

Lindsay: For sure. Ok, that sounds like a plan!


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Have you had trouble with the plural and singular of these words?

Does it come from translating from your own language?

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