All Ears English Podcast

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.

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

 

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

Does it come from translating from your own language?

Let us know in the comments section below!

Direct download: AEE_205_How_to_Fix_a_Translation_Mistake.mp3
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