I was translating a sentence for school en Español and I came across the word "
people." I looked it up on Google Translate and it gave me "
personas" and also "
gente." What is the difference between the two, and the use case for each of these nouns?
The distinction is easier to see when you consider things in terms of countability. In this sense,
Example in terms of counting:
Example in terms of not counting:
This is perfectly valid, but sounds a bit awkward for daily use. Regional usage will differ in this fact, I'm sure. That said,
I hope this helps! :)
Gente is called a "collective" noun, for "people," in general.
Persona(s), on the other hand, refer to INDIVIDUAL "people."
Creo y espero no equivocarme, que la palabra "gente" siempre se ha referido a una multitud o a mas de una persona. Si yo digo, tu, (o en mi caso) vos sos una buena persona, sería, para mi modo de ver las cosas y mas que nada y MUY importante, lo que me enseñaron en la escuela, es mas que equivocado decirte que vos sos buena "gente".