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I saw a sign in an elevator that stated the capacity as "15 persons". What is the rule for when to use "persons" vs. "people"?

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People is always plural, so you can only use it with 2 or more persons. It is often used to refer to persons as a group in general.

Person(s) can be singular or plural, so you can use it with 1 or more persons. It is more suitable for counting as in the case of the maximum number of people allowed in an elevator.

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    Kindly refrain from answering duplicates. – tchrist Feb 11 '18 at 15:34
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    'People is always plural' is not phrased well, as you can use 'a people' / but also 'various peoples'. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 11 '18 at 15:46
  • Sorry, but the app doesn't seem to show duplicate questions like it does when I submit a question from a computer and web browser. – Jerry Huckins Feb 11 '18 at 23:06

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