La gente: plural or singular?

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La gente: plural or singular?

Although it means "people" (which is a plural noun), la gente is a singular noun and takes a singular verb form when applicable.

La gente es alegre.

People are happy.

La gente está comiendo.

People are eating.

Note: You may occasionally come across las gentes ("the peoples", as in ethnic groups), in plural, in Spanish literature.

«Soy como las gentes que a mi tierra vinieron» (Manuel Machado).

"I'm like the peoples who came to my land" - (Manuel Machado)

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