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I want to know if these sentences are not weird:

  • Democracy is government of, by and for the folks.

  • Within minutes of the event, folks were tweeting about it.

  • Many cafés and other public places now offer folks a wi-fi connection to the Internet.

In my view as a new English learner, the sentences I wrote up there are all weird (I can't tell the reason, I just sense it is). I'm intending to increase my vocabulary by studying all possible synonyms of a word that I can use exactly the same as the original word.

By the way, if you ask me where I got those sentences, I picked those words from my vocabulary exercise book,and just substituted the word people with folks (plural).

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    I wouldn't call them weird , but the last two sound informal and the first one is a bit odd because folks is not the kind of word that would normally be found in an official definition. Sep 24 at 7:26
  • Where it isn't in a regional vernacular, folks suggests a homeliness or a cosiness which is out of place in your first sentence and ingratiating in the others. The word people is neutral. Sep 24 at 9:34
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"Folks" is informal, and often suggests a casual, southern style homeliness or a cosiness (also mentioned in the comments).

Democracy is government of, by and for the folks.

That's comical, and doesn't precisely make sense. While "the people" here refers to all people in general, "the folks" (using the definite article) usually refers to specific people, the same way "the TV" refers to a specific TV.

You could change "the folks" to simply "folks" and say "Democracy is government for folks who enjoy votin'".

Within minutes of the event, folks were tweeting about it.

Many cafés and other public places now offer folks a wi-fi connection to the Internet.

All of the above sentences are more "spoken English" than "written English", and sound like a cowboy in the wild west, or someone with a rural accent who is being ingratiating.

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