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In very formal contexts, persons is preferable to people in situations like the examples given, but anytime else, it just seems pretentious. You'll probably end up using "people" most of the time, but it is nice to know what the distinction is anyway, even if you choose not to use it.
Most would argue that the second is correct, but either can be used. Although, I have found older people genrally use "Persons" so if you used that in England you could be pretty much thought of as posh so there we have it.
Persons or people, can be used in the same context! Use whichever you please but do bear in mind that if you were to take an exam the marker may think that "People" is more accurate and you may loose a mark.
To stay on the safe side I would use "people" but it's your descion!
Let me assure you that the word 'persons' is a real word. I'm amazed that anyone would suggest that it isn't.
It could be used in speaking about two humans of a household. For example:
As of right now, Mike and Angie are currently spending $784 on food each month. That is almost $800 on groceries for the only two persons of their household.
It refers to two individuals. It is grammatically correct.
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