Is called people yet set of people: that is, of human beings. The group of individuals in question may be made up of a variable number of members.
For instance: “There are always a lot of people in this bar as it has affordable prices”, “I do not understand the people who criticize Lionel Messi: for me he is the best player in the world”, “People let the mayor know their discontent with shouts and boos”.
The concept can be used in multiple settings. If someone refers to “The people who attended the Lady Gaga concert”To cite one case, he will be alluding to all the spectators who came to enjoy the show. Something similar happens when talking about “The people who went to see the game” or “The people who attended the political event”.
Beyond the difficulty of individualizing all the people who, in the examples mentioned, are part of “people”, the set is made up of a specific number of subjects. At other times, the idea people are linked to a abstract or indeterminate quantity of men and women.
Suppose a journalist claims that “People are dissatisfied with the current government”. People, would they be all the inhabitants of a country? How does an analyst know the opinion of each one? Most likely there are people against the government and people in favor.
In the same way, we cannot ignore either that the term occupies us has been used on numerous occasions to give titles to programs, films, books … A good example of this is the television space “Gente”, which was broadcast on TVE (Spain) from the mid-90s to 2011.
It was broadcast from Monday to Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and had a part dedicated to events and another to what is known as the ‘heart press’. Samuel Martín Mateos, Pepa Bueno, Jose Toledo, Sonia Ferrer, María José Molina or María Avizanda are the presenters who were in charge of it during different stages.
Nor can we forget the musical program “Gente Joven”, which TVE broadcast from 1975 to 1987 and which was hosted by figures such as Antolín García, Isabel Tenaille or Marisa Abad, among others. The space allowed people who wanted to be singers to come to demonstrate their skills in genres such as folk, varieties, light song or Spanish song, among others.
On a literary level, we can also highlight works such as the novel “Gente que ven y bah”, written by Laura Norton. It stars Bea, a successful architect who sees her world collapse when she is fired from her job and her fiancé appears in all the media after being ‘caught’ having relationships with a famous television presenter.
Finally, the notion of people can be associated with a social class: rich people, poor people, etc.