Some adjectives are used as nouns to describe groups of people. Each of these groups follows the determiner the (definite article). There are the blind, the deaf, the elderly, the homeless, the old, the rich, the sick, the young, etc.

 

Examples:

  • The seaside resort is frequented by the rich and famous.
  • Every year, millions join the ranks of the unemployed worldwide.
  • There were complaints of inadequate facilities in the new toilets for the disabled.
  • There seems to have no plans to provide cheap housing for the homeless.

 

The nouns are used in the plural and the verbs that follow them must therefore be plural

Examples:

  • The injured were in the thousands.
  • The disabled have found it very difficult to get jobs.

 

Sometimes, the noun is a singular

Examples:

  • The accused is found guilty.
  • The deceased was believed to have killed himself.