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    #1

    the dead people

    Hi,

    Longman Dictionary of Common Errors
    (p. 93):

    - The purpose of this ceremony is to honor the dead people.
    - The purpose of this ceremony is to honor the dead.

    When you mean 'dead people', use the dead.

    I don't think we cannot say 'the dead people.' In fact, I cannot understand! What do you think?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by ademoglu; 08-Jan-2016 at 12:39.

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    #2

    Re: the dead people

    You certainly can say "the dead people" but in this context, you'd want to say "the dead."

    It honors dead people. It honors the dead.
    The program helps poor people. It helps the poor.
    This destination is a favorite of rich people. This destination is a favorite of the rich.
    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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