Person, people, persons, peoples

I tell my students that there is one person, two people in most contexts. 'Persons' comes into play in legal contexts 'murdered by a person or persons unknown' as crime show fans will know. 'Peoples' is concerned with tribes of people, 'the peoples of the Amazon rainforest'. I saw this sign and thought it was a good example of 'persons' in use. This is persons as it is referring to any one person. If the sign said, 'no unauthorised people' then perhaps a single unauthorised person would be allowed?


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