What should we use in the below sentence?

You should stop hanging with people who bring/brings you down and call/calls you stupid.

I'm not sure if people here is plural or singular as it is used in a generic way. I would really appreciate, If somebody could help me out here.

I read about the single and plural uses of people on this site but I'm still not clear on what to use here.


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People can be used in a few ways, both are plural:

  • people without an article just means some unspecified people: ...with people who bring you down and call you stupid"
  • The people is the population of a country considered as a body, often in political expressions like "The people are in favour of my policies."

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