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    the rich

    Dear teachers.

    I know the rich means the rich people, which denotes a group of the same character.
    Qestion is whether the rich possibly refers to a particular person.

    Thank you in advance. Please.

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    Re: the rich

    No. The rich, the poor, the elderly, etc can be only plural in meaning.

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    Re: the rich

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    No. The rich, the poor, the elderly, etc can be only plural in meaning.
    Thank you, fivejedjon.
    So does you/your poor always refer to plural people?
    We say a poor guy rather than a poor, right?
    At the same time, there is the only one exception a sixteen-year-old, isn't there?

    I found another one: Now a superstar, she was an unknown only two years ago.
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    Re: the rich

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    So does you/your poor always refer to plural people?
    Adjectives are generally used with the noun omitted only after 'the' and 'many/few' and their comparative and superlative forms.

    We say a poor guy rather than a poor, right? Yes
    At the same time, there is the only one exception a sixteen-year-old, isn't there?
    There are a few others. Michael Swan mentions 'accused', 'undersigned', 'deceased', 'former' and 'latter' in his 'Practical English Usage'.
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    Oh, I do have the book!

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