I've seen conflicting information in several places and I'm really confused.
Are troops a subset of the group soldiers? Or is troops simply a number of soldiers with a common goal?

  • There's more difference when they're singular than plural. Jan 18 at 16:15

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See the Cambridge definition.

Soldiers are the individual people. A troop is a unit of cavalry, but 'troops' in the plural refers to a large number of service personnel when they are sent on a particular task.

  • Also a troop is not necessarily a group of service personnel, especially as an accepted alternative spelling of troupe, meaning a group of performers. Jan 18 at 16:32
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    @timchessish - I was assuming that the question was asked in the military context. Jan 18 at 16:40
  • Kate's is the only decent answer so far. The others may safely be disregarded. Jan 18 at 16:42
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    @timchessish - a troop is not a troupe, in the way a coop is not a coupe. Jan 18 at 17:53
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    Troops can also be used more generically as a term for military personnel in general. "Support the troops!" "Bring the troops back home."
    – barbecue
    Jan 18 at 23:30

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