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    the elderly sick

    Hi there,
    In the following sentence:
    "The state should look after the elderly sick."
    Can we say it like this sentence: "The state should look after the sick elderly."
    If no, what is the structure of "the elderly sick"?
    Thanks.

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    Re: the elderly sick

    Quote Originally Posted by mehdihas View Post
    Hi there,
    In the following sentence:
    "The state should look after the elderly sick."
    Can we say it like this sentence: "The state should look after the sick elderly."
    If no, what is the structure of "the elderly sick"?
    Thanks.
    "The sick elderly" is more commonly heard. While "the elderly sick" is not incorrect, it sounds awkward to me.

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    Re: the elderly sick

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    "The sick elderly" is more commonly heard. While "the elderly sick" is not incorrect, it sounds awkward to me.
    Could it have something to do with the state just "having to" care for those among the elderly who are sick? To me, probably because I'm not a native (and in Spanish we place the adjective AFTER the noun, not before), "the sick elderly" sounds like all the elderly are sick.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut

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    Re: the elderly sick

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Could it have something to do with the state just "having to" care for those among the elderly who are sick? To me, probably because I'm not a native (and in Spanish we place the adjective AFTER the noun, not before), "the sick elderly" sounds like all the elderly are sick.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut
    Both "sick" and "elderly" can function as either adjective or noun.

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