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Les Gens vs Peuple vs personnes

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Is there a semantic difference between Gens, Peuple and Personnes? Or are they essentially synonymous?

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They are very similar, but there are some differences.

Gens and personnes both mean "multiple humans", but gens is uncountable and personnes is countable. I would also say that gens is more likely to be used to talk about an unspecified or theoretical mass of people, where personnes would be used more when each person in the crowd need be considered.

Je vois 500 personnes.
Beaucoup de gens t'aiment.

The word peuple is different. First of all, it is singular. It refers to a nation or ethnic group ("a people" in English). It can also refer to "the people", as in the hoi polloi.

le peuple français
le parti du peuple

1 month ago

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Très bonne réponse :)

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Hello M4R-KUS! Gens = un ensemble de Personnes and Gens or Personnes = Peuple. I hope I helped you. Happy New Year Markus, have fun with Duolingo :)

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Thank you both for your responses. This help clear things up for me a lot!

1 month ago

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Observation: Gens is always plural but it means the same as personnes. Though it's better in general to say personnes.

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