16/05/17 The Use of Persons, People, Individuals, and Parties
How to choose between these words:
The choice between the words persons and people is best made by ear. The traditional advice is that persons usually refers to small numbers of identified people, but people is more natural in most contexts.
Persons sounds stuffy, as does individuals.
Parties should be restricted to its legal sense, referring to separate sides in a dispute.
(However, sometimes when you go with a group of people to a restaurant they may call your group, for instance, “a party of four”.)