Superlatives can be used without nouns.

Superlatives can be used without nouns. :

1. This one is the fastest.
2. I am the greatest.
3. You are the nicest of the lot.
4. She has just bought a new car.
5. It is the fastest.
6. Ten full - strength, please.

Note : "fastest" means "fastest car."

In "fastest car" - the word 'car' is dropped.

1. I am the oldest in the family.
2. Get the cheapest.

Note :

the oldest = the oldest person
the cheapest = the cheapest thing
the blind = the blind people

Certain adjectives can be used with the definite article THE to talk about groups of people.

The unemployed = The unemployed people
The blind = The blind people
The deaf = The deaf people
The mentally ill = The mentally ill people
The handicapped = The handicapped people
The poor = The poor people
The old = The old people
The dead = The dead people
The rich = The rich people

(only certain adjectives can be used in this way)

1. The rich are getting richer.
2. The poor are getting poorer.

"The Indian" means "all (the) Indian people."
"The British" means "all (the) British people."
"The Japanese" means "The Japanese people."

But one person cannot be called “a Indian."
It is 'an Indian.'

Study the following sentences.

1. The accused is set free. (The accused person)

2. I don't need your car. I have my own. (My own car)

3. The beautiful is not the same as the good. (The beautiful thing & the good thing)

Sometimes, adjectives are used with "the" to general abstract ideas or without the following noun.

ANY : (adverb) (usually in questions or negatives) - in the least, at all

1. I can't stay any longer.
2. Do you feel any better?
3. I asked her to clean the floor. But it doesn't look any different to me.
4. Iron is more useful than any other metal.

But if we say,

"Iron is more useful than any metal" (not correct)
any metal - it has negative meaning. It may include iron also.

"Iron is more useful than any other metal", (correct)

Here meaning is definite - any other metal means metal other than iron.

Some rulers are more brave than prudent.

Here some qualities of the subject are compared.

Superlatives can be used without nouns.

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