One person Many people
Students will often mistakenly use the word persons to refer to more than one person. “There were three persons at the bus stop.” “A lot of persons in my country don’t like dogs.”
However, in the U.S., we don’t use the plural form of person in casual English. The plural persons is used only in official contexts.
The police are seeking five persons of interest in connection to the bank robbery.
The city might have an office for missing persons.
Airport security might tell people what it is okay or not okay to carry on their persons when passing through a checkpoint.
In any other context, we use the irregular plural people.
The people who came to the meeting reached an agreement.
There were a lot of people at the gym this morning.
Some of the people in my class weren’t paying attention.
So remember, unless you are in uniform, one person, two people.