"Most people went home after the break."
Translation:De flesta gick hem efter rasten.
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Not sure that's the reason. For example if you search Google for "de flesta barn" you'll find hits from Swedish public health authorities with sentences like "De flesta barn föds efter..." "De flesta barn sover...", etc.
I'm not sure why "de flesta människor" sounds so strange. Maybe it's cause "de flesta" by itself is assumed to be talking about people from context.
Could you please explain "de flesta"? I understand that "flesta" is the superlative of "många" in the plural, but where is "people", and what is the function of "de"?
English sometimes uses adjectives as if they were nouns. For example, "take from the rich and give to the poor".
Swedish uses this construction even more than English does.
Here "de flesta" is literally "the most", but it means "most people", just as "the rich" means rich people in my earlier example.