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    Only fool plese all.

    Dear Sir,

    What does this mean? and What is it should be written, the grammatical points?

    1. Only fool please all.
    2. Only the fool please all.
    3. Only the fool pleases all.
    4. Only fool please all.


    Thank you.

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    Re: Only fool plese all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piak
    Dear Sir,

    What does this mean? and What is it should be written, the grammatical points?

    1. Only fool please all.
    2. Only the fool please all.
    3. Only the fool pleases all.
    4. Only fool please all.


    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Piak.

    Number three is correct.

    It means that it is not wise to try to make everyone like you, so you really should not try. You will only be discouraged.

    Just do your best and some people will like it. Hopefully a lot of people will like it, but never hope or think that all people will like it.

    It reminds me of this.

    "You can please some of the people some times, but you can't please all of the people all the time."

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    Only fool please all

    Thank you for your reply, sir, but I have known that an article "the" in front an adjective is a plural noun such as "forum of the poor/The rich get richer and the poor get poorer". Is it correct or not? If it is so Why the "Only the fool pleases all" is not "Only the fool please all". Or I am probbaly wrong with that common noun formed with "the and adjective", please help clarify it.

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    Why the "Only the fool pleases all" is not "Only the fool please all". <<<<<

    "fool" - This is a singular noun - A singular noun takes a singular verb form. This noun replaces the pronouns "he" or "she". This noun therefore requires a third person singular verb form. This verb form ends with "s". It is not plural. A plural verb form in the simple present does not end with "s".

    Simple Present

    fool pleases

    fools please

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    Thank you for your reply, sir, but I have known that an article "the" in front an adjective is a plural noun such as "forum of the poor/The rich get richer and the poor get poorer". Is it correct or not? <<<

    The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

    In this sentence it is understood that we are talking about the "rich people" and the "poor people". This makes it so we have to use the plural verb form.

    We are using "rich" and "poor", which are adjectives, as nouns. It is, of course, understood that there is more than one rich person and more than one poor person.

    rich people - adjective modifying a noun

    poor people - adjective modifying a noun
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    The rich - This an adjective used as a noun.

    The poor - This is an adjective used as a noun.

    These are adjectival nouns.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary...ival-noun.html

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    Re: Only fool plese all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piak
    Dear Sir,

    What does this mean? and What is it should be written, the grammatical points?

    1. Only fool please all.
    2. Only the fool please all.
    3. Only the fool pleases all.
    4. Only fool please all.


    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Piak.
    In my opinion, it should probably be: "Only a fool tries to please everybody."

    8)

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