[Grammar] Why Taylor Called New Song “Only The Young”?

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Netflix collaborated with Taylor Swift to shoot a music documentary of her called Miss Americana. At the end of the film, Taylor dropped her new song Only The Young to encourage all the young should be brave and ready to fight in valleys.

Today, you are going to learn how “the” and “adj.” can be matched to have the meaning of a specific group or a concept.

 


Grammar peek!

“The” + “adj.” summary

1.The + adj. = a group of a specific character (plural)
2.The + adjective participle= a group of a specific character (single or plural)
3.The + national adj.= people of a nationย  (plural)
4.The + adj. = an abstract concept (single)

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1.ย  The young

  • “The young” refers to a group that is young, which can be replaced by ” young people”

It’s the young that pay tuition. It’s the young that fight the wars.

2. The unemployed

  • “The unemployed” refers to a person or a group that is unemployed, the plural of which is based on the sentence meaning.

Times are hard for the unemployed.

3. The French

  • “The” plus national adj can refer to people of a specific nation. “The French” can be replaced by “French people”

The French are famous for their cooking.

4. The true

  • “The” plus adj can also be used to express an abstract concept. “The true” equals “The truth”

One must learn to take the false with the true.

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5. The unknown

  • “The” plus adj can also be used to express an abstract concept. “The unknown” equals “The unknown thing”

I really like the song in Frozen II called Into The Unknown, because it is so inspiring.

6. The accused

  • “The accused” refers to a person or a group that is accused, the plural of which is based on the sentence meaning.

The accused was aquitted of the charge. (the accused is only one)

The accused were aquitted of the charge. (the accused are more than one)

PRACTICE

Results

#1. The _______ always something to be feared.

#2. The _______ get _______, and the poor get poorer.

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