People singular or plural
Which one is corrcet?
The English people are a good people.
The English people is a good people.
Ahzee, the phrase a people is very rare in English. Personally, I would only use it for sweeping historical generalisations such as
The English have long been a people that looked out across the sea
I don't think I would ever describe those who live in England today as a people.
There is a phrase the people, but this means more or less 'not the leaders'.
For men and women in general, we say people — without a or the. Although the NOUN form is SINGULAR, it's always followed by a PLURAL verb form. So
English people are good
is grammatical, but
English people is good
If you wan't to have people at the end of the sentence, the best choice is
The English are good people.
[PLURAL are because the English is a PLURAL expression
Almost any sentence starting The English is would be ungrammatical.
An exception is when talking about language For example
The English is terrible because it's badly translated from French.]
It's not ungrammatical to say
The English are a good people
but it sounds strange.
It's completely ungrammatical to say
The English is a good people
PS The phrases the peoples and peoples are possible in very unusual contexts. But these are even rare than a people.
It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!