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Common English Mistakes: Human, Humans, Human Being and Human Beings

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Created Date: Thu 25 Aug 2011

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Have you ever wondered what the difference among "human", "humans", "human being" and "human beings" are? How to use them correctly?

 

Answer:
Human(s) and Human being(s) are almost interchangeable.
Human(s) is used more in the context when you are comparing animals.
Human being(s) is used more in discussing humanity.
Note: we do not use the counter term "non-human being". It doesn't exist.

For Example:
'we are human'-- used as an adjective to describe our nature.
'we are humans'-- used as a noun to describe the subject.
'we are human beings' -- used as a noun to describe the subject.
'we are human being' -- bad grammar.


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