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Folk and folks are sometimes used to refer to particular groups of people. Both these words are plural nouns. You always use a plural form of a verb with them.
Folk is sometimes used with a modifier to refer to all the people who have a particular characteristic.
However, this is not a common use. You usually say country people or old people, rather than 'country folk' or 'old folk'.
Your folks are your close family, especially your mother and father. This usage is more common in American English than in British English.
Some people use folks when addressing a group of people in an informal way. This use is more common in American English than in British English.
|Noun||1.||folks - your parents; "he wrote to his folks every day"|
|2.||folks - people in general (often used in the plural); "they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"|
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
gentlefolk - people of good family and breeding and high social status
grass roots - the common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity)
home folk - folks from your own home town