Adjectives without nouns

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in English Grammar

Adjectives are not normally used without nouns.

There are, however, some exceptions.

The + adjective is often used to talk about certain well known groups of people. The common expressions of this kind are: the blind, the deaf, the rich, the poor, the disabled, the jobless, the young etc.

Points to be noted

1. The above expressions are always plural: the blind means all blind people and the dead means all dead people or the dead people.

2. However, a few fixed phrases like the accused, the deceased, the former etc., can have a singular meaning as well.

3. Adjectives are not normally used in this way without the. However, adjectives without the can be used after possessives, certain quantifiers (many and more), and in paired structures with and or or.

4. These expressions cannot be used with a possessive 's.

Sections in this article

Adjectives placed before nouns
Adjectives placed after verbs
Adjectives without Nouns
Adjectives: order before nouns
Kinds of Adjectives
Adjectives with and

See also

Adjectives - definition
Adjective clause
Adjective phrase
Attributive adjective
Participial adjectives


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