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    substantivized adjectives

    1. Does 'the wounded' always imply a multitude or can it be applied to one person?

    e.g. The wounded was taken to hospital.

    2. Can 'Dutch' be used as a noun?

    e.g. There was a Dutch in the bar.

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    Re: substantivized adjectives

    Singular sounds odd:
    1. The wounded was taken to hospital.
    Dutch as a noun works, as in pay/go Dutch. I'm not sure about its use in 2. though as I have not heard it used this way, but it's understandable and makes sense given the rules of the grammar;e.g., Chinese language => Chinese (person), and so on:
    2. There was a Dutch in the bar.

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    Re: substantivized adjectives

    Singular sounds odd:
    1. The wounded was taken to hospital.
    Dutch as a noun works, as in pay/go Dutch. I'm not sure about its use in 2. though as I have not heard it used this way, but it's understandable and makes sense given the rules of the grammar.


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    Re: substantivized adjectives

    1. Does 'the wounded' always imply a multitude or can it be applied to one person?
    Yes,it does, since it's a plural noun

    if you wanted to use wounded in the sigular,you'd have to use it with a noun
    as in
    a wounded soldier

    e.g. The wounded were taken to hospital.


    2. Can 'Dutch' be used as a noun?
    maybe you should have a look there,but for singular use of nationality

    There was a Dutchman in the bar.

    hope this helps.
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    Re: substantivized adjectives

    Thank you folks.

    So with 'Dutch' you always have to specify the sex?

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    Re: substantivized adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Thank you folks.

    So with 'Dutch' you always have to specify the sex?
    well,in the singular at least

    the Dutch lady

    a Dutch man

    but: the Dutch

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    Re: substantivized adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Thank you folks.

    So with 'Dutch' you always have to specify the sex?
    Don't be misled by the spelling. The suffix -man (pronounced /mǝn/ or even just /mn/ with a syllabic nasal) is not the same as a /mæn/). They only sound the same in the plural (and even then the suffix can have less of a clear /e/ sound).

    And as for 'the wounded' - it's plural, as others have said, but not necessarily a multitude (to use your word): "There were more than 50 people in the Embassy when the bomb exploded, but about half of them were unhurt. The wounded were taken to hospital."

    b

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