I am trying to describe a scenario that is generically common to a people and also all people or species.

A people

For example, one might state that X group of people show traits of being frugal or that Y group of people are typically loud when they speak. How might one state these in different terms, or even in a single word?

An idea from my side would be: "Group X are a frugal people." and "Y are a culture of emphatic speakers!" respectively. I suppose they work, but I am interested to know of other ways to state commonalities among distinct groups.

All people/species

For example, defecation, or eating. These acts are common to most species in science. Is the best way to portray that sentiment "X is common to all of Y" or "X is common to group Z"?

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  • It's natural among Y/Z. In a contrasting sense, it's typical to/among YZ. – Kris Jan 25 at 8:28
  • Do you mean common to all people (as in your question), or to a people (as in your title)? Those are very different things – Mark Beadles Jan 26 at 18:59
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    @Kris Thank you! That wording is a clear way to describe the sentiment! – jdersen Jan 26 at 20:09
  • @MarkBeadles That's a good question. I would be interested to know both; I will update my question's title and contents. – jdersen Jan 26 at 20:10
  • Can you give a phrase with a blank for the word or phrase you are looking for? Otherwise,it's really hard from what you say to figure out what you want. Do you want a synonym for 'person', or for 'frugal', or for 'national character' or what? – Mitch Jan 28 at 16:32

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