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    deceased

    hi,

    the word "deceased" is singular as well as plural. can i say "a deceased" ?


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    Smile Re: deceased

    Quote Originally Posted by learner110 View Post
    hi,

    the word "deceased" is singular as well as plural. can i say "a deceased" ?
    We don't typically use an indefinite article before this word. You could say "the deceased" - definite article.


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    Re: deceased

    Quote Originally Posted by learner110 View Post
    hi,

    the word "deceased" is singular as well as plural. can i say "a deceased" ?
    "deceased" doesn't have number, because it is based on an adjective. It means "deceased person" or "deceased people". The number marker in English only appears on nouns.
    Similar adjectival nouns to "the deceased" are "the aged", "the young", etc.
    At the moment, I can't think of an adjectival noun that takes the indefinite article. (There might be some).

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