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Les gens ou Les peuples

When do you use "les gens" ou "les peuples"? They both mean people. It's hard to understand what context to use them in.

9 months ago

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Peuple is only used to refer to people in the broadest terms, and of course it has its own plural: les peuples de la terre.

For more than one 'person' use either personnes (specific number or group) or gens (less specific).

9 months ago

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Gens refers to an unspecified or indeterminate number of humans. The English word is "people", plural of "person".

A peuple is a group of humans united by a common culture. The English word is "people", singular, as in "the French are a sophisticated people" or "all the peoples of the world".

9 months ago
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