https://m.9gag.com/gag/aGeAxDw In this video the girl says I think I can smell the spiritual
As far as I know articles can not be used with adjectives . No?
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An adjective can often be used with a determiner (in this case the definite article) to become a noun that refers to all things that can be described by the adjective.
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
“... Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
A more sensible use of "the spiritual" might be:
"When we go in search of the spiritual, we leave the physical behind.
Here "the spiritual" refers to "any or all spiritual things".
In the video, the joke is that "the spiritual" is taken to mean sweaty body odour. I shows that she doesn't understand or believe yoga's spiritual value and sees it only as a sweaty exercise.
Uggh, what an annoying video. What is meant to be cute and funny is just weird.
What the girl says is a pretty clever joke. I would say this is pretty advanced English. She says:
The teacher says yoga is spiritual.
I think I can smell the spiritual.
Normally, you can't add "the" to "spiritual," but since this is a joke and informal, it's OK here. The girl is implying more than what she says. What she is implying is the following:
The teacher says yoga is spiritual, but it's actually just sweat.
I think I can smell the sweat.
This is a clever joke that adults sometimes make. It's facilitated by adding "the" to "spiritual," which is the hint that "spiritual" actually means something else -- in this case, it means either "sweat" or "body odor" or something similar. How do we know this? We are supposed to deduce that it's sweat because it's something you can smell while doing a physical activity. Once you solve this little riddle in your head, you can now understand the true meaning of the joke.
Children aren't really capable of being this sophisticated and sarcastic, so it's pretty clear that her parents told her to say this. She can barely pronounce the words!
This is a common construction in English. The adjective is nominalized, that is to say, it functions as an abstract noun that embodies the characteristic expressed by the adjective.
People visit this ancient well to experience the holy.
Here, the holy could be paraphrased holyness itself (var. sp holiness).
Hardy's works often deal with the tragic.
It can also be used to refer to a class of individuals possessing the trait expressed by the adjective:
Victory goes to the swift.