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

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

  • 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

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.

  • 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

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!


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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.