This word must be preceded by the definite article and used with a plural verb in the sense shown in 2).
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (with mental illness)
a. enfermo mental
Rose is an expert dealing with mentally ill people.Rose es una experta en tratar con enfermos mentales.
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This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
Gavin was mentally ill.Gavin tenía una enfermedad mental.
This hospital ward is for mentally ill patients.Esta ala del hospital es para pacientes con enfermedades mentales.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
2. (mentally ill people)
a. los enfermos mentales
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Dr. Rodgers devoted her career to helping the mentally ill.La Dra. Rodgers dedicó su carrera a ayudar a los enfermos mentales.
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