The Undersigned certifies under oath that the information provided herein is true.

How far can you take the pattern where "the" plus an adjective replaces a noun? Would this be more natural as long as the listener knows what nouns come after, than a complete phrase with a noun? Or are these more limited in usage and acceptance that people would only use this for words like "the poor" or "the rich", and a few more others which are already generalized?

Thank you.

  • Your example is specifically only used in legal situations (legal documents, etc)... It wouldn't be used regularly, if ever, outside of legal use... and "the undersigned" is actually a noun in this case, I would think... it literally means "The person who has signed the document somewhere below this point on the page". – Catija Apr 13 '15 at 8:47
  • The bereaved move solemnly up the aisle of the cathedral. Also a noun. – Lambie yesterday

This is done frequently in legal contexts, as Catija noted, but it can also occur in general contexts.

The economically disadvantaged have not had access to supermarkets selling fresh fruits and vegetables; the corporate food distribution chains have avoided those neighborhoods formerly known as "slums" or "the ghetto" and which today are called "the inner city".

In the US, it is customary for the newly engaged to send out so-called Save The Date announcements to their friends.


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