"Slightly more than a thousand people live in the village."
Translation:Det bor drygt tusen människor i byn.
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"Lite mer än tusen folket bor i byn" is not a correct Swedish sentence. It means "Slightly more than a thousand the people live in the village."
Let's modify it: "Lite mer än tusen folk bor i byn"
That is indeed a correct, slightly strange, Swedish sentence, however most likely not what you wanted to say. In that context "folk" would be a synonym to "folkgrupp" and mean a group of people with a common ethnicity, culture, history etc.
So, "en människa" or "en person" is not a synonym to "ett folk".
I'm not skilled enough the give a grammatically correct explanation, but I think is has to do with Collective Nouns.
But you can say "Det bor massor med folk i byn" (however, not a correct answer to this exercise), and then most Swedes would interpret it as "Det bor massor med människor i byn", and not think about groups of people. Maybe someone else can elaborate on that.
Editing my comment – I read another comment of yours and realized I misunderstood this one: you're young but you still use drygt to mean 'slightly more than'. You're not the only one to be surprised at how some people use the word. Here'a an interesting article about the phenomenon: http://blog.svd.se/sprak/2012/04/16/dryga-metern-%E2%80%93-ar-det-95-eller-105-cm/
It can, but there are two problems with using it that way here.
- ett tusen can't be separated by an adjective. Compare English: "a thousand green trees" or "a green thousand trees", which sounds grammatical?
- Since adjectives describe nouns, you lose the connection to "a thousand". The adjective means "slightly more than", but you can't really say "slightly more than people".