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    Can I use 'skinny' as noun?

    Apparantly, we say 'The beauty and the beast' and beauty is used not as an adjective, but as a noun.
    Does that also work with 'skinny' so I'd say 'the skinny and the beast'?

    I'm not sure whether skinny can be used as noun or not?

    Any rules on that topic?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Can I use 'skinny' as noun?

    "Beauty" is a noun, not an adjective. "Beautiful" is the associated adjective.

    Your original phrase, however, is slightly misquoted. The title of the story is "Beauty and The Beast". There is no definite article at the beginning.

    You could use "the skinny" as a collective noun to mean "all skinny people" in the same way that we use "the dead" to mean "deceased people".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can I use 'skinny' as noun?

    Of course it's a different meaning from the adjective, but as slang 'skinny' can also be a noun when used to mean essential information, details, data, facts, news, or gossip.

    What's the skinny on Doug's situation?
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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