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    Finally, the overflow of wounded was sent on to the hospitals at Macon.

    Finally, the overflow of the wounded was sent on to the hospitals at Macon.

    Which is right in this case, "of wounded" or " of the wounded"? Please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Finally, the overflow of wounded was sent on to the hospitals at Macon.

    Finally, the overflow of the wounded was sent on to the hospitals at Macon.

    Which is right in this case, "of wounded" or " of the wounded"? Please.
    They are both correct. I prefer the first.

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    Both seem correct, like bhaisahab said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are both correct. I prefer the first.
    Me, too. The second seems to beg qualification; e.g., ... the overflow of the wounded that we were told about was ... .

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    "The wounded" is a fix phrase according to the dictionary. Why can "the" be omitted before wounded in "the overflow of wounded" ? Please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    "The wounded" is a fix phrase according to the dictionary. Why can "the" be omitted before wounded in "the overflow of wounded" ? Please.
    You are asking us a question the answer to which only that dictionary knows.

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    Is "wounded" an noun here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Is "wounded" an noun here?
    See the original:


    Finally the choked town could take care of no more and the overflow of wounded was sent on to the hospitals at Macon and Augusta. ...

    Source Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell (chapter17)

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Is "wounded" an noun here?
    You may be thinking of substantives of the kind:


    • the young
    • the old
    • the good
    • the bad

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    Note, often doesn't mean always here:

    noun
    3. wounded persons collectively (often prec. by the): to treat the wounded.


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