persons / peoples

In everyday English, the plural form of person is people:

  • One person came to the English class.
  • Two people came to the English class.

    The word peoples means two or more people groups:

  • There are various indigenous peoples living in the Amazon.
  • Many different languages are spoken among the peoples of Africa.

    The word persons means “individuals” and it is really only used in very formal/official contracts or reports:

  • From a police report: Security camera footage shows that four persons were involved in the bank robbery.

    Police also look for persons of interest (people who may be connected with a crime) and search for missing persons (individuals who are missing and nobody knows where they are).