Learn English Vocabulary – Fun vs. Funny

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I went to a party last night with some of my friends from high school. The party was really fun. My friend Ed is a funny guy, and he always makes us laugh. Having fun and enjoying yourself is important, and good for your health. It helps to have funny people around you, too. Some of my students have told me that I am funny. I think they may be right!

The words fun and funny can be confusing sometimes. Do you know how to use these words? Read the paragraph above once more and then check today’s lesson:

Fun means enjoyable, so something that is fun is enjoyable. You can say that [something] is fun, or [someone] has fun. Here are some examples:

  • The party last night was really fun.
  • Going to the top of the Empire State Building is fun. You should try it!
  • Having fun and enjoying yourself is important.
  • I had fun at the party last night.

You can also use fun before a noun, like this:

  • I went to a fun party last night.
  • New York is a fun city!

Funny means something makes you laugh. So if you experience something funny, you will probably laugh. You can say that [something] or [someone] is funny. Here are some examples:

  • My friend Ed is funny.
  • Some of my students have told me that I am funny.
  • That story was funny.

You can also use funny before a noun, like this:

My friend Ed is a funny guy.
He told us a funny story.

Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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