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Anonymous:Hi. When can we use the words "man" and "men"? Can they be used in place of each other?
'Man' works like any other countable noun:
One man, two men
One bicycle, two bicycles.
Anonymous:Hi. Thank you. I think the word "man" can refer to something to the "humankind." I tink we can use either word in limited contexts in place of each other.
Nonetheless, their numbers remain different:
Men have lived on Earth for more than a million years.
Man has lived on Earth for more than a million years.
Anonymous:when we say man is a gender.. and if we say men it mean a human kind or entire people.
Man is singular. One man
Men is plural. Lots of men.
Using man to refer to humankind is seen as offensive in most cases. As it is sexist language. Use humankind or people.
People have lived on earth for .....
Humankind has lived on earth....
Unless you are referring to a sex group. I.e., masculine, man/men or feminine women/woman
notice that women and man are singular. while woman and men are plural.
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