In the following sentence:

Film-making hopefuls still use shorts as calling cards.

why "hopeful" has "s"? What is its grammatical role?

  • Where did you find this sentence?
    – fev
    Jun 24 '21 at 21:11
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    It's a noun.
    – JMB
    Jun 24 '21 at 21:12

It's the plural form of this meaning of "hopeful," a noun: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/hopeful_2 , meaning "People who hope to succeed in film-making."

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