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A hard working people

Posted by K Yone on June 08, 2001

Hi, thaks a lot for your answer last time!

I think both of the following sentences are correct.

1. The Chinese are hard working people.
2. The Chinese are a hard working people.

I believe 'people' in the first sentence is plural from 'person' while 'people' in the second sentence is 'a people' which mean 'people in a country.' Now, I think the second sentece is a generic statement while the first one isn't. Am I right?

I have another question. Is 'hard-working' okay in the following sentence?

1. are a hard-working people.

How about the second one?

2. are hard-working people.

My WORD suggests me to use 'hard working' instead of 'hard-working' when I try to type the second one, but the WORD seems to accept 'hard-working' in the first one.

Is my WORD right? How about 'hardworking'?

I was told that 'hardworking' is common in British English. How about in American English?

Thank you very much for your help.

K Yone