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    I wonder whether the word "beloved" & "this day" used correctly here:

    Admired for his love that sending many Valentine's cards to their beloved has become widespread all over Europe, America even in Asia to this day.

    I understand that "beloved" is a noun in itself but how can I make it a plural one?
    1) Should it be " their beloved ones" or " their beloveds" ? the latter isn't a familiar word to me.
    2) Should I use "this day" or "these days"

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    It's almost an archaic word, but when talking about Valentine's cards, it works. The part that doesn't work well is the plurality of it. One's beloved is usually one's One and Only. So, although you probably could add an s to make it plural, it just doesn't sound right, does it? Your suggestion of beloved ones is better, but a much more common phrase is simply loved ones.

    Regarding this day / these days, in your example, this day is correct, as it means today. You would use these days when your sense is more "around" you - "Whereas the streets were always clean in my youth, you see garbage everywhere these days."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    It's almost an archaic word, but when talking about Valentine's cards, it works. The part that doesn't work well is the plurality of it. One's beloved is usually one's One and Only. So, although you probably could add an s to make it plural, it just doesn't sound right, does it? Your suggestion of beloved ones is better, but a much more common phrase is simply loved ones.

    Regarding this day / these days, in your example, this day is correct, as it means today. You would use these days when your sense is more "around" you - "Whereas the streets were always clean in my youth, you see garbage everywhere these days."
    Thank you jlinger,
    Can it be interchangeable in someway between these 2 words "loved" & "beloved" I'm curious!

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    Default Re: beloved... s

    As an adjective (my beloved aunt) only beloved works.
    As a verb (I loved it!) only loved works.
    The only way to use loved as an adjective is in "loved ones" and I'm not sure it's acting as an adjective so much as an integral noun phrase.

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