Why is the adjective "nonsensical" not used in the following sentence? And why is the noun form correct? Why do we never use an article before the word "nonsense"? Isn't it a noun? has it something to do with the fact that it's uncountable?

"The translation of the instructions was so poor they were just nonsense."


"The story he told us was nonsense."

What about the word "luxury"? What is the difference between "a luxurious car" and "a luxury car"? I believe the latter one is more common for some reason I can't find. I mean "luxury" is a noun, why do we use it to modify another noun when we can use the adjectival form "luxurious"?

I hope I was able to convey what I mean well enough. Thanks in advance.

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    People are continually reinventing nouns as adjectives where appropriate ones already exist. Others copy them because they sound new, different or trendy. Hadn't you noticed? – David Sep 11 '19 at 12:17
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    Nonsense can be defined as words that make no sense, so it's perfectly reasonable to say that a story etc. is nonsense (without an article). – Kate Bunting Sep 11 '19 at 13:00
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    English is often illogical, idiosyncratic. For instance, why do almost all of us agree to capitalise I but not you? – Edwin Ashworth Sep 11 '19 at 18:12
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    English frequently allows nouns to be used as verbs, verbs to be used as nouns, nouns to be used as adjectives, etc. – Barmar Sep 11 '19 at 23:51
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    @Barmar Any verb (except for defective ones, mainly modals because they lack the necessary infinitives and participles for it) can always be used as a noun or adjective. Driving in the driven snow drove me crazy. – tchrist Sep 12 '19 at 2:48

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