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It is more common to write: "People care too much about their appearance." This is because it is being used as a "non count" noun and the plural could confuse people into thinking the writer means the occasion when someone is in a play, movie, etc. So with our would you still use singular?

Note that these dictionaries note it as being singular or plural (appearance as looks): http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/appearance http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/appearance

Anyone shed light?

marked as duplicate by ab2, Brian Hooper, Andrew Leach Jan 26 '16 at 14:35

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The noun people has both a PLURAL sense and a SINGULAR sense. In the PLURAL sense, people is used as the plural of person very frequently. It is a plural count noun and takes a plural verb. It never has an -s ending; it is already plural.

I am not 100% sure about your question - where would you use "our"? Do you mean People care too much about our appearance? This doesn't make sense to me and I am not sure what you are trying to say.

  • I think you misunderstood the question. The question is about using our in place of their. If you didn't understand the question, please refrain from posting an answer. In addition, you can post a comment if you have more than 50 reputation points. The second paragraph of your post is not an answer, but a comment. – user140086 Jan 26 '16 at 5:09

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