Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Persons 和 people 有分別嗎?


自小學校就教我們 "person" 的複數(plural)是 "people"。那麼 "persons" 是錯的嗎?

其實 "persons" 和 "people" 都是 "person" 的複數,只是 "people" 較為通用,而 "persons" 則是比較正式的用語,常見於法律文件。所以「十個人」可以是 "ten people",也可以是 "ten persons"。假如人數不明,我們一般會用 "people" 而不用 "persons",譬如說 "a number of people","some people","full of people" 或 "a group of people"。

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