Can an adjective be followed by of that regarded as possessive but not the one that is a part of adjective.

  • 1) Do you know the dangerous of smoking cigarettes?

Usually I read always such as this following structure.

  • 2) Do you know the danger of smoking cigarettes?

However, i have noticed such aforementioned sentences (1) in books.

The real text i Read was for Sigmund Freud

  • Pretty sure the first one is grammatically incorrect. Can you mentions the source(s) where you've encountered the same?
    – CinCout
    Dec 26 '18 at 4:18
  • I have just provided two sources above in my question! @CinCout Dec 26 '18 at 4:22
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    The dangerous of is ungrammatical. Any book that published it didn't have an author or editor who caught the error. It almost certainly was meant to be the dangers of, and the wrong word was typed by mistake. Dec 26 '18 at 5:59
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    Unlike "dangerous", "satisfying" is a gerund-participle that can be used as an adjective and, as in your last example, as a noun (gerundial noun). That it is a noun is evident from the fact that it has the determiner "the" and it has an of phrase as complement. It can also be modified by an adjective, cf. "the occasional satisfying of sexual instincts.
    – BillJ
    Dec 26 '18 at 12:25
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    @SinK The following would be fine: The few, the proud, and the dangerous. But the dangerous of the acid can never be grammatical. Instead, it should be the dangerousness of the acid (or the danger of the acid). However, you could say the most dangerous of the acids. It's also okay without of: The dangerous acid. Aug 15 '19 at 19:05

“The dangerous of smoking” is unidiomatic to me as a native speaker of American English. While there are some cases where you can use an adjective like a noun, it’s not possible here.

To confirm this, I searched the corpus of contemporary American English for * dangerous of _nn* (where the first asterisk matches any word and the last part matches any noun) and the results I got were all for “the most dangerous of [plural noun]”, which is a different structure that is acceptable.

Sometimes mistakes happen, which is the only explanation I have for the occurrence in the first source. In the case of the second source there are several errors in the small part I read:

  • “let the child knows” (should be “know”)
  • “a Must” (should be lowercase)

To answer your real question, “satisfying” is a gerund (which work the same way as nouns), so it works in the context.

  • I have just added the real text i have read in my question Dec 26 '18 at 6:30
  • Can satisfaction (noun) be a substitute for the “satisfying” gerund here with no change in meaning? Dec 26 '18 at 6:39

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