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COMPOUND WORDS. Participial nouns

Participial Nouns. A participle or adjective, when used as a noun, often receives the inflection of the possessive case or the plural. “His chosen's merit.” B. and F. F. Sh. iii. 1.

“All cruels else subscribed.

i.e. "All cruel acts to the contrary being yielded up, forgiven." Compare for the meaning Lear, iv. 7. 36, and for "subscribe," Tr. and Cr. iv. 5. 105. Another explanation is, "all other cruel animals being allowed entrance."

So "Vulgars," W. T. ii. 1. 94; "Severals," Hen. V. i. 1. 86, i.e. "details."

“Yon equal potents.

“To the ports
The discontents repair.

“Lead me to the revolts (revolters) of England here.

: so Cymb. iv. 4. 6.

Add, if the text be correct:

“The Norways' king.

i.e. "the king of the Norwegians."

It would appear as though an adjective in agreement with a plural noun received a plural inflection in


; Rich. II. ii. 1. 202 (Folio), 3. 130.

More probably the word was treated by Shakespeare as though it were a compound noun. But in E. E. adjectives of Romance origin often take the plural inflection.

“Lawless resolutes.

“Mighty opposites.” Ib. v. ii. 62.

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