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There were five people in the shop.
There were five individuals in the shop.

Use individual with a single person as opposed to the group: The individual must act for the good of the community.

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I like to sit in the shadow.
I like to sit in the shade.
The dog saw his shade in the water.
The dog saw his shadow in the water.

Shade is a place sheltered from the sun. Shadow is a shade of a distinct for as of a tree, a man, a dog, etc.

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My elder brother has a new suit.
My elder brother has a new dress.

Only girls and women wear dresses; anyone can wear suits (a jacket with trousers or a skirt). Clothes is a general word: John (or Mary) is wearing new clothes.

We say a man in full evening dress, or morning dress for traditional, formal clothes.

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The man took his woman with him.
The man took his wife with him.

In English, these two words are carefully distinguished: wife is the woman in a marriage. Both husbands and wives can be referred to as partners.

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All the streets were full of men.
All the streets were full of people.

Use people and not men when the reference is to human beings in general.

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