Tuesday, 27 September 2011

People 和 peoples 有分別嗎?


最近談及 "people" 和 "persons" 的分別:

http://grammarfun101.blogspot.com/2011/09/persons-people.html
 
那麼 "peoples" 的意思又是什麼呢?

請留意,"people" 一字除了可以解作「人們」,也可以解作「民族」。

牛津高階字典把 "people" 作為「民族」時的解釋是:all the persons who live in a particular place or belong to a particular country, race, etc

"People" 作為人 (person) 的複數,不可以加 "s"。

"People" 作為「民族」而我們要表達多個民族,則要加 "s" 成為 "peoples"。譬如說: 

the native peoples of Australia = 澳洲的本土民族 
the peoples of the world = 世上各個民族

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