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    Default the pure, the powerful and the positive

    Are these "the pure, the powerful and the positive" all abstact nouns like "the beautiful =beauty" or mass nouns like "the rich=rich people" or "the poor = poor people"? I mean, is this plural or singular?

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    Default Re: the pure, the powerful and the positive

    I read them as abstract nouns.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: the pure, the powerful and the positive

    How can I tell one from the other? They both have the same form of "the+adjective". "The rich" means "rich people", while "the beautiful" means "beauty" not "beautiful things". Or there might not be any difference.

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    Default Re: the pure, the powerful and the positive

    I'm sure you won't be surprised by my answer: context.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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