In English, adjectives usually cannot function as noun or pronouns, at least not to the degree it is possible in German where you can do it without thinking.
The old car sucked. The new is better.
In English, we'd need a "one" here to make it grammatically correct. Now, in "Game of Thrones" they keep saying the following
By the old gods and the new.
Here are my questions:
- Is this old fashioned English?
- Are there more examples like this?
- Is there maybe a rule when such constructions are possible?
- How is the grammatical analysis of this? What is "new" here? Is it considered a noun? Or is it an adjective with the noun missing?