PeopleHow 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.


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