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    He brightened the lives of Americans and British through the hard years.

    My question is "Are both 'Americans' and 'British' nouns?" in this sentence.

    As far as I know, when used as a noun, "British" should be "the British" to mean the whole group.

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    Jason

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    Re: British

    Yes, they are both nouns, and yes "the British" is common.

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    Re: British

    I don't know who he is, but maybe he didn't brighten the lives of the whole group, just some people of those nationalities.

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    Re: British

    My thought was that it was talking about Winston Churchill.

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    Re: British

    Seem to me to be the place to use the word "Britons." Maybe that's considered old fashioned?

    "British" is an adjective. "The British" is the people.

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