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Things that haven't occurred yet are the most scary (ones).

To I need that ones at the end? Why or why not?

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  • No, but you do probably need an article...*The* things that haven't occurred yet... We would need more context to decide. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 24 '15 at 12:15
  • @alexchenco You probably want the scariest, even though most scary seems to also be in use. Click here for Google Ngram results of most scary,scariest. – Damkerng T. Mar 24 '15 at 13:01
  • @Damkerng T. Oh you're right. – alexchenco Mar 24 '15 at 13:53
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Superlative adjectives can stand on their own as quasi-nouns after the copula. There is no need to carry over "ones" if you're feeling grammatical vertigo, as if the adjective is looking over the edge of a cliff.

Apples picked in the morning are the coolest.

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  • Plus one. This also shows that the definite article is not necessary in the first noun phrase. But then again, (as you commented) in a certain context, it might be. I.e., referring to a definite set of apples rather than making a general observation. – user6951 Mar 25 '15 at 11:22
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It's ellipsis. This means the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete.

Somehow, I feel that you do require 'ones' to make the sentence appear complete. I spoke that sentence twice without 'ones', but it did not give the fullness to the sentence!

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I think, it makes no difference in meaning if you use ones at the end of the sentence. Both the sentences with/without "ones" as mentioned below are grammatically correct. In fact, we can use ones as a pronoun to refer to the kind of things/persons just mentioned to avoid repetition.

The things that haven't occurred yet are the most scary.

The things that haven't occured yet are the most scary things/ones.

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