I found out that it's possible to use the definite article "the" with adjectives, to refer to a group of people with a particular characteristic, e.g. the rich, the disabled, the poor, and so on.

But I don't know if it's always possible to use this pattern, or sometimes it doesn't sound natural, for instance:

When it's the first day of school, you'll find two types of people:

The shy that just want to be alone. And the talkative that are unbearable because they talk with each person.

JUST IN CASE: I also found that this pattern is common in legal contexts: The + adjective = replacing noun

  • Generally yes. I can't think of a counterexample. However, your example consists of three non-sentences. – FeliniusRex Feb 2 at 22:36

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