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    How to call someone with an adjective?

    Hello,

    If you want to call someone with a noun, you can say, "Come in, student."

    But how can I call someone with an adjective?

    For example, I want to call someone with "coward," can I say, "I will beat you, you coward."
    Or "I will beat you, coward." Or is there another way?

    Thanks!

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    Re: How to call someone with an adjective?

    'Coward' is a noun, just as 'student' is.
    Why do want to call someone with an adjective? It's not done in English.

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    Re: How to call someone with an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'Coward' is a noun, just as 'student' is.
    Why do want to call someone with an adjective? It's not done in English.
    What about beautiful?

    Can I say, "I love you, you beautiful."?

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    Re: How to call someone with an adjective?

    No you can't.
    You can say, "I love you, Beautiful." That is a noun - a name that you are giving.
    You can say, "I love you, you beautiful thing."
    You can't call someone an adjective.

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    Re: How to call someone with an adjective?

    Most adjectives don't work in this context but you could use "Come in, gorgeous" - ONLY to be used if you know the person extremely well; I would say only if that person is your partner (relationship partner, not business partner!)

    By the same token, in BrE, you'll hear "Come in, beautiful" but not "you beautiful". If you want to use "you", you'd have to say something like "Come in, you beautiful lady/man/girl/boy". Again, you need to be very careful about who you direct such statements to.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to call someone with an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Come in, gorgeous" [...]"Come in, beautiful"
    I think they are nouns in those sentences, pet names like 'Darling', 'Honey', 'Love', etc.

    but not "you beautiful". If you want to use "you", you'd have to say something like "Come in, you beautiful lady/man/girl/boy"..
    This seems to confirm to me that they are pet names (nouns) not adjectives in the original sentences.

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    Re: How to call someone with an adjective?

    I take "Come in, beautiful" to be a shortening of "Come in, beautiful person" or similar, with "beautiful" retaining its adjective label. I agree that endearments like "darling/honey/love" are all nouns but none of them are used as adjectives in any context I can think of.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to call someone with an adjective?

    This makes me think of the names of the seven dwarfs - Sleepy, Dopey, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, and Bashful.

    Of course there was Doc, but his wasn't an adjective used as a name.

    I'll often (although sarcastically and usually only with friends or children) address people by an adjective they're currently exhibiting. I guess the debate remains whether those are still adjectives or nouns, but I'll say things like "Hey, stupid", "C'mon stinky", or "Move it, speedy".
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    Re: How to call someone with an adjective?

    I'd say that English can sometimes convert an adjective into a noun. When you replace someone's name with an appropriate adjective, you've performed such a conversion.
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    #10

    Re: How to call someone with an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I take "Come in, beautiful" to be a shortening of "Come in, beautiful person" or similar, with "beautiful" retaining its adjective label. I agree that endearments like "darling/honey/love" are all nouns but none of them are used as adjectives in any context I can think of.
    The word "darling" is sometimes used as an adjective. Examples:

    That's a darling pic.

    Or

    She's a darling little girl.

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