Hi, 

I came across the word "recyclables" in this site

https://ieltsweekly.com/how-to...kly-plan-your-essay/

When I looked it up in the dictionary, recyclable turns out to be an adjective but on the site above, the author used it as a noun.

I was taught that some adjectives with "the" preceding them can be used as a noun such as "the poor", "the rich" ... but "recyclable" used as a noun without "the". 

Can you explain this? Thank you.

 

 

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Quangco123,

Thank you for citing your source.  This is extremely helpful.

I see this as an instance where the dictionaries necessarily lag behind commonly accepted speech, but that's OK.  This is how the language evolves over time.

Where I live, there is no doubt that "recyclables" is the commonly accepted term for "recyclable items" or "recyclable material".  We put the outright garbage in the brown bin and the recyclables in the blue bin.

Before I was even born, my mother would refer to certain laundry items as "machine-washables", but that doesn't seem to have made it into the dictionary yet.

Thank you for your question.

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