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the bad

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:57 am
by azz
Can one use
a. I will take the good books and you take the bad.
instead of
1. I will take the good books and you take the bad ones.
and
2. I will take the good books and you take the bad one.
?

Can one use
b. I will take the good book and you take the bad.
instead of
3. I will take the good book and you take the bad ones.
and
4. I will take the good book and you take the bad one.
?

Many thanks.

Re: the bad

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:50 pm
by Erik_Kowal
Yes to a1 and b4. There is an assumed consistency in singularity/plurality between the explicit referent and the implied one.

Re: the bad

Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:47 pm
by tony h
Just a couple of comments on the words.

The "good book" usually/often means the Bible. Good books doesn't.

I find "bad" an awkward adjective to use with books. I am not sure how, in general parlance, books can be bad. "Others" would probably fit better.