Originally Posted by vandal138
That coupled with a low education. Why can't people just assume when someone says sniper they mean the actual gun (in specific contexts). Launguage shouldn't have to be spoon fed to you. At least they are spelling it right and not replacing the I with a 1.
Because that's not what the word means. If I have a red car, I write red car because "Red" is the adjective, and car is the noun. I wouldn't say I drive a red, because that doesn't make sense.
A rifle is a noun. A person, place or thing. A "sniper" is also colloquially a noun, but it more properly an adjective when used in conjunction with another noun. Using it by itself changes the context of the entire sentence, which is incorrect.
Why is this so difficult to understand?