Is it fun or funny?

you had a fun or funny? proper english for germans

Fun or funny? Proper use for German speakers of English.

A common mistake made by German speakers of English involves the misuse of the adjective funny. It is not unusual to hear such statements as:

It’s funny to spend time with my family

I had a funny time

I like to do funny things at my leisure

The word funny is used when referring to someone or something that makes you laugh or is unusual. Fun, on the other hand, is used when talking about a person you enjoy being with or something that gives you enjoyment and pleasure.  

For instance, it was fun listening to her tell that funny story.

That means the speaker ‘received’ enjoyment and pleasure from listening to the story. The story was funny because it made the speaker laugh.

Instead of the earlier examples, one would say:

It is fun to spend time with my family (fun as a noun)

I had a fun time (fun as an adjective)
I like to do fun things at my leisure (fun as an adjective)

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