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    The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    Hello there! I know that the adjectives cannot be made countable but I saw the adjectives like beautiful in plural form as "the beautifuls" somewhere especially in poetry and lyrics. Is this style of writing correct? If the answer is negative, how can write this kind of adjectives in plural? For example, in my case, "The beautifuls are the unfaithfuls".

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    Re: The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    Can you give some actual examples, given that you've seen them?
    "The beautiful and unfaithful"
    "The Young and the Restless"
    "The Bold and the Beautiful"

    Adjectives don't take a plural form. The above refers to either one or more than one person.

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    #3

    Re: The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    And are therefore nouns.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    If they were nouns, they would take a plural ending.

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    Re: The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Can you give some actual examples, given that you've seen them?
    "The beautiful and unfaithful"
    "The Young and the Restless"
    "The Bold and the Beautiful"

    Adjectives don't take a plural form. The above refers to either one or more than one person.
    For example, 'Between the beautifuls' is a Canadian studio album by Hawks Workman, or 'The Queen of the beautifuls is back' is a TV show, (I guess, it is a TV show)

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    Re: The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If they were nouns, they would take a plural ending.
    Thank you, So, the beautiful might have been a noun, right? I mean, can we use the beautiful as a noun?

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    Re: The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    In 'the beautiful', beautiful is not a noun. It can be modified by an adverb, for example, extremely; it can show degrees - the more beautiful and the most beautiful; and it does not add a plural suffix. It is an adjective.

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    Re: The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    The word "people" is implied at the end.
    The beautiful people.
    The desperate people.
    That makes them a truncated noun phrase (my nomenclature!).

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    Re: The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    The word "people" is implied at the end.
    The beautiful people.
    The desperate people.
    That makes them a truncated noun phrase (my nomenclature!).
    Accordingly, I correct my own sentence in this way, "The beautiful people are the unfaithful people"

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    Re: The plural form of adjectives in poetry and lyrics

    You forgot the final punctuation mark.

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