As far as I know the meaning of "perception of people" is "perception about people"

but when I want to say "people's perception, can I also change it to "perception of people" form with the same meaning??

Though "perception of people" means "perception about people", can I also use it to say "people's perception" depending on the context?

Depending on the context, are those interchangeable ??

perception of people = perception about people // perception of people = people's perception

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    Regarding the title: each takes a singular noun, so it should be each country's perception and the perception of each country.
    – phoog
    Commented Nov 7, 2016 at 2:59

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Yes, if the context is clearly "a people's perception of other people." But it's hard to say for sure without a better idea of what the actual context is. Generally speaking, without any additional information to go on, it probably wouldn't be understood as such.

  • Thanks first. Assuming that I need to make the title of some seminar, "perception and future perspective of each country on the Ocean" would be Ok for that making the proper context ??
    – Sam
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 5:55
  • @Sam If you made "perception" and "perspective" plural, and changed "of" to something like "between," I think it would be more clear what you mean. I would suggest "Perceptions and Future Perspectives Between Countries on the Ocean."
    – Dan
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 6:12
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    @Sam Whoops. "Between" can be used with more than two, as well, but not in this case, since the items are not distinct (sorry, it's very late here! Lol). So, yes, definitely use "among" since that always means more than two. Good catch.
    – Dan
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 6:50
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    @Sam Another suggestion I'd make might be to write something like, "Current and Future Perceptions Among Countries on the Ocean." That sounds a little more clear to me, as well. (No pun intended.)
    – Dan
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 6:54
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    Wait, are we talking about the perceptions of the countries (which are on the ocean) about each other, or the perceptions of the countries about the ocean? I assumed the latter, but all the comments seem to assume the former. Which just goes to show that it's a bad title!
    – TonyK
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 0:03

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