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    The younger gets rebuked/reproached/scolded.

    When we talk about someone collectively like "the poor", "the youth", "the younger"

    for example when we scold or taunt or reproach or rebuke younger children.

    Can we say

    The younger gets rebuked/reproached/scolded.
    The younger get rebuked/reproached/scolded.

    The younger get or the younger gets?

    And if we want to use them in "passive voice" will we use "is" or "are"?

    The younger is rebuked/reproached/scolded.
    The younger are rebuked/reproached/scolded.

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    #2

    Re: How to treat compound nouns in present simple?

    We don't talk about "the younger".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: How to treat compound nouns in present simple?

    I have changed your thread title to include a sentence from your post.

    You have misunderstood 'compound nouns'. Click here.

    If you mean 'young children', say so. If you mean 'young people' they are called 'the young'.

    'The young get rebuked for bad behaviour in the classroom'.

    'Young children are scolded for being cheeky.'

    Both are passive.

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    Re: The younger gets rebuked/reproached/scolded.

    Are they collective nouns like "the police", "the military", "the youth", "the poor", because they comprise of many individuals collectively?

    And do you guys use "the youth" to refer to younger people?

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