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A Single Troop

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Many people are irritated by using the word troops to refer to a small number of soldiers, as in “Two troops were wounded.” Is it ever correct to use the word troop to mean an individual person? The hosts explain that in the military, it’s actually quite common to use the word troop to refer to just one person. This is part of a complete episode.

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