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    "the cold"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You will achieve the impossible.
    The impossible will be achieved.
    Impossible is an adjective, but when it preceded by the definite article the, it becomes a noun.

    "It has become her lifeline. She said: I never thought Id end up in that position, standing for half an hour in the cold for food. I used to be on nearly 30,000 a year and I think, How did I end up here?"

    The word cold is an adjective. However, in this context it comes after the definite article the. Question: Is it a noun?

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    Re: "the cold"

    Yes, and this is very common.
    She is a champion for poor people. She is a champion for the poor.
    I don't like cold weather. I don't like the cold.
    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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