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I have a question! Hard level type for some.

Hello everyone!

I've got a question. Read the sentence below.

"He addressed to the peoples of that village when talking about the taxes".


Notice we use "PeopleS and not People.

Here goes the question:

Is it right to use PeopleS in such context or that would make no sense at all? Meaning only People would fit in to the idea.

Your contribution would help me a lot!

Thanks

Feb 26, 2018 6:28 PM
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 Here's a correction:

He addressed the people of that village when talking about the taxes.

1.  Note that the verb 'address' takes a direct object  - you address someone, not address to someone.

2.  Note that I've removed the s.  "People" is the plural of person, so another way of saying the 'inhabitants of the village' would be the 'people of the village.' Not peoples.

When we say 'peoples', we are using a different meaning of the word. "A people", or the plural "peoples", refers to whole ethnic groups or cultures. So, you might refer, for example to "the ancient peoples of South America", meaning the many different races and civilisations of the continent.

A village is far too small to be made up of different 'peoples'. So, the simple answer to your question is 'No'.

February 26, 2018
Guys, thank you all. You helped a lot with the information provided. 
February 26, 2018
Yikes, Ms. Su Ki beat me to it. She is so quick on the trigger... I defer to her answer.
February 26, 2018
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