General Writing and Grammar Help/He's fun or He's funny


Dear Ted:

Should I say, "He's FUN" or "He's FUNNY"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me a few examples?

Thank you very much for your kind help.


Dear Paolo:

Should I say, "He's FUN" or "He's FUNNY"?

*** You can use either, although the preferred adjective is "funny."  Because of common usage, "fun," a noun, has become increasingly used as an adjective.

The words have the same meaning.


He is FUN. He is FUNNY.  He is a FUNNY PERSON.

They all mean the same.

An exception --

We are planning a "fun day" for the children.
When "fun" is used as an adjective immediately before SOME nouns, changing the word to "funny" is not appropriate.

Another --

In the U. S., we call cartoon strips that appear in newspapers the "funny pages" or the "funny papers."
Calling them "fun pages" would be unacceptable.


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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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