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    Dear all,


    I happened to see a sentence like this.

    The gap between rich and poor is widening.

    Is it okay to say "between rich and poor"?
    I thought "the" is necessary before rich, like "between the rich and (the)poor".

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,


    I happened to see a sentence like this.

    The gap between rich and poor is widening.

    Is it okay to say "between rich and poor"?
    I thought "the" is necessary before rich, like "between the rich and (the)poor".

    Thank you

    OP
    Yes, it's fine, it assumes 'people' 'The gap between rich and poor (people) is widening'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it's fine, it assumes 'people' 'The gap between rich and poor (people) is widening'.
    Would you say, as well, that these are examples of adjectives used as nouns? I think I would.



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