Plural of Person
The Quick AnswerThe most common plural of "person" is "people." It is possible to use the plural "persons" in certain situations.
The Plural of PersonThe most common plural of "person" is "people."
- If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
- Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.
- Persons of interest are being questioned following the disappearance of a pregnant woman from Little Village three weeks ago.
- You must act with other regulated persons in a manner consistent with persons having mutual trust and confidence in each other.
Table of Contents
- Are You Good at Plurals?
- The Standard Rules for Forming the Plurals
- Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Person?
- Ready for the Test?
Are You Good at Plurals?Here's a quick test.
The Standard Rules for Forming the PluralsThe table below shows the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.
|Example of Type
|Forming the Plural
|Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z
|Nouns ending [consonant] o
|add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
|Nouns ending [vowel] o
|Nouns ending [consonant] y
|change the y to an i and add es
|Nouns ending [vowel] y
| storey ()
|Nouns ending f or fe
|ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
|some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change
|some nouns do not change at all
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Person?There is confusion because "person" typically has an irregular way of forming its plural. It's possible to write "persons," but this is only acceptable when written as part of a law or a ruling. For example:
- "Persons" of interest
- Missing "persons"