You are right that the persons-people issue was getting old. It's been months that persons on this list have been pushing that report button to point out that "persons" is perfectly correct. Some of the posts pointing out this is correct English usage are at least ten months old. How long does it take for Duolingo to make a simple, long-overdue, addition?
I don't understand this comment (I happen to be old and not up to date with contemporary cellphone slang, which I assume this is). Are you saying the only persons who say "persons" are robots (I'm guessing "bot" is short for "robot")? And if so, why on earth would you think that?
Persons it is correct?? (I am not English I think that you can know it...). I have been taught that person is 1 person and 2 persons are people (two people) because persons (with an s) it isn't correct.
Could you explain me this? Persons isn't correct or it is a expression or my teachers were wrong or what has happened...?
Yes, "persons" is a correct plural for "person." English has two perfectly correct plurals for "person", either "persons" or "people". DL has a German version and a French version of these exercises; the German version accepts "persons" as a correct plural for "person", as does the French version of DL. It's like the English word "index", which has two acceptable plurals, "indexes" and "indices".
Mesa para dos is correct, here in Spain you can say mesa para dos but we use it when we see that the waiter or the waitress are busy, so you see him or her, you say mesa para dos and you wait for the waiter to come to were you are and take you to a table.
If the waiter isn't busy and he is with you (next to you, a normal distance to do a conversation) is better to say una mesa para dos, because if you just say mesa para dos (in this context) he can think that you aren't polite (it seems like you are doing an order, expressing an obligation) or that you have to do everything really quickly.
(I hope that my grammar will be easy to understand and you won't have to wonder what I mean)
Aren't you English?? I am not English so maybe I am wrong (if I am wrong someone who corrects me please). I think that one is for count (one, two, three) and a is for use it before the noun if it is a random table (if it is a special table it is the).
Please, if I am not correct, could you tell me the difference? I have been wondering this question and that is what I think but I am not pretty sure
A table for two person is bad grammar, which is probably why they wouldn't accept it. In this context you would use people, not person. Here's the difference:
Re: What is the difference between 'persons' and 'people'? Persons in used mainly when talking about the first, second and third persons in linguistics. Persons is sometimes used to talk about situations related to laws. Remember that basically, PEOPLE is the PLURAL form of PERSON.
People is one, but NOT the only, plural for person. I can't imagine why on earth so many persons have gotten the idea into their heads that "persons" is "bad grammar", by which they appear to mean "an unacceptable vocabulary choice". A couple of persons in this discussion have pointed out that "persons" sounds more formal. If so, why is sounding more formal an unspeakable sin?
Well, with the Russian they can't get TOO basic for me! I have trouble with the Cyrillic alphabet. I have trouble learning the vocabulary. Repetition would help me - and persons like me - I believe. I wish they would let persons who feel the need repeat exercises they have already completed. Once through is not enough for me to get a firm grip on most of the beginning Russian exercises. I'm hoping this will get better as I progress. But if I can't repeat the elementary exercises, I'm not sure I WILL progress.