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Substantive Adjectives

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  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,876 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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