[Ads-l] "a homeless"

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 3 19:23:27 EST 2019


"Homeless" is used as a singular noun in this *photo caption* in an NBC
News article:

A homeless begs for money on April 6, 2018 in New York.
*Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / VIEW press/Corbis via Getty Images file*

*Headline*:
The City of Newark sues New York City, claims NYC is “coercing” homeless to
move to New Jersey
*Dec. 3, 2019, 1:28 PM EST /Updated Dec. 3, 2019, 3:33 PM EST*
*•By David K. Li*

*URL*:
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/city-newark-sues-new-york-city-claims-nyc-coercing-homeless-n1094986

As confirmed by the text of the article, the same word in the headline is
the usual plural, which normally has no singular. Note that the photo has
no direct relation to the story, being over a year and a half older.

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