Adjectives and Nouns Exercise (164)

Some words ordinarily thought of as adjectives are sometimes used as nouns. Decide if the words in boldface in the following sentences are nouns or adjectives.

  • The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

  • Suzy cries when the other children sing "Three Blind Mice."

  • Florence Nightingale left a comfortable existence in London to nurse the sick and wounded on the battlefield.

  • In the realm of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

  • Nowadays, there’s no such thing as poor people; they’ve been replaced by the economically disadvantaged.

Answers and Explanations

The article the is often used in front of words ordinarily thought of as adjectives but used as nouns.

1. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

Correct: noun
Evil is being thought of as a thing.

2. Suzy cries when the other children sing "Three Blind Mice."

Correct: adjective
Blind describes the noun Mice.

3. Florence Nightingale left a comfortable existence in London to nurse the sick and wounded on the battlefield.

Correct: noun
The sick names a group of people of a certain kind.

4. In the realm of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Correct: noun
The blind names a group of people who share the same characteristic.

5. Nowadays, there’s no such thing as poor people; they’ve been replaced by the economically disadvantaged.

Correct: adjective
Poor describes the noun people.

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