to cite this wikipedia article
"And (We sent) Lot when he said to his people: What! do you commit an indecency which any one in the world has not done before you? Most surely you come to males in lust besides females; nay you are an extravagant people. And the answer of his people was no other than that they said: Turn them out of your town, surely they are a people who seek to purify (themselves). So We delivered him and his followers, except his wife; she was of those who remained behind. And We rained upon them a rain; consider then what was the end of the guilty."
I'm confused of the usage of the word
a in the above bold quote. To quote britishcouncil.org:
- We use the indefinite article, a/an, with count nouns when the hearer/reader does not know exactly which one we are referring to:
Police are searching for a 14 year-old girl.
- We also use it to show the person or thing is one of a group:
She is a pupil at London Road School.
- We do not use an indefinite article with plural nouns and uncount nouns:
She was wearing blue shoes. (= plural noun) She has short blonde hair. (= uncount noun)
Surely the word
people is a plural noun. Additionally, the words
are are used to show the plural of the noun. Therefore i don't understand why the indefinite article
a is used here.
Note: I don't think this question addresses the same point, because it doesn't addresses the plural usage.