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A cooperator
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 7:46:02 PM

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Hi Everyone!

I have come across this title
Lifestyles Of Rich and Famous.
However, I think the "rich and famous' must be modified with the definite article 'the'.

Lifestyles Of the rich and the famous.


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palapaguy
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 9:39:07 PM

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A cooperator wrote:
Hi Everyone!

I have come across this title
Lifestyles Of Rich and Famous.
However, I think the "rich and famous' must be modified with the definite article 'the'.

Lifestyles Of the rich and the famous.


Yes, agree.
Andrew Schultz
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:48:40 PM

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First of all, good job getting the grammar right--it's not easy.

I'm sort of curious where you found this. It reminds me of the name of an old TV show ("Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous."

Though I'd like to make a couple pedantic points you may find interesting.

"Lifestyles of Rich and Famous New Yorkers" would not need the "the" since Rich and Famous are adjectives. In your original example, Rich and Famous are collective nouns, so the "the" is needed.

And title case, for books, tv shows, movies, etc. is "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." Title case isn't hard to learn, since most words get their first letters capitalized. Nouns, adverbs, verbs (even short ones like "be" and "go") and adjectives are always capitalized. And of course in an internet board posting, most people don't worry about it.

The rest is debated a bit, but unless they are the first or last words in the title, "unimportant" words (short prepositions, conjunctions) don't get their first letters capitalized. There are some silly arguments over which exact prepositions should or should not be capitalized, but basically: if it feels unimportant, don't capitalize it.

I particularly enjoy the idiom section of this fine website.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 6:04:14 AM

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I agree with you A Cooperator.

It does not work to omit the 'the' unless there is a 'mass noun' at the end.

Your version "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous" is OK for a title - it would more often be "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", I think.
("Rich and Famous" is used as a single noun-phrase.)

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