La gente: singular or plural?

In Italian, la gente (people) is a feminine singular word.

La gente è allegra.

The people are happy.

Molta gente sta mangiando.

Many people are eating.

Note: le genti, plural, is sometimes used, but mostly in literature. It can mean either “people” or “peoples” (in the sense of “ethnic groups”).

«E le genti che passeranno ti diranno che bel fior» (Bella ciao, canto popolare).

“And the people passing by will say ‘what a beautiful flower’ to you” (Bella ciao, pop song).

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