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News to me and a little surprising.

When I took Latin, I remember learning about this concept and it was always just explained to me as being an understood "men" or "people" following the adjective. I'd always just thought about the English version that way, too --- just elliptical to the point that it wouldn't need it's own term and certainly no stranger an omission than other examples of English where we leave out seemingly important words.

Ah, so the word is 'adnoun'. Actually, adnoun it all along but had temporarily forgotten it, so thanks for reminding me.

Not long ago I saw a sentence on the order of "they chose to brazen out an attack." The adjective "brazen" as a verb? Would that make "brazen" an adverb?

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