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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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Substantive Adjectives

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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    edited December 2015
    Not all adjectives can replace nouns. When we use substantive adjectives the noun it replaces is understood without being explicitly stated.

    Quite often they refer to people:-

    For example: the rich / the poor = rich people / poor people

    But not always:-

    For example: my local = my local pub

    Are there any hard and fast rules? No. For ESL learners it's a bit like idioms, best to learn them and get a feel for what's right. For linguists? Well, I guess someone, somewhere is trying to figure out a rule, good luck to them.
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