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    Default I am a Chinese or I am Chinese?

    Hi,

    I have read the past questions on this but there were various answers and opinions regarding the use of articles in front of "-ese" nationalities / race. Can someone offer concrete explanations about these examples?

    I am Chinese.
    I am a Chinese. (I have heard this and assumed it as "I am a Chinese person")
    I am Vietnamese.
    I am a Vietnamese.

    I am not a native English speaker.

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    Default Re: I am a Chinese or I am Chinese?

    Quote Originally Posted by reallyblue View Post
    Hi,

    I have read the past questions on this but there were various answers and opinions regarding the use of articles in front of "-ese" nationalities / race. Can someone offer concrete explanations about these examples?

    I am Chinese.
    I am a Chinese. (I have heard this and assumed it as "I am a Chinese person")
    I am Vietnamese.
    I am a Vietnamese.

    I am not a native English speaker.

    Thank you,
    Really Blue
    In those esentences, "a" serves no purpose.

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    Default Re: I am a Chinese or I am Chinese?

    The articles often serve no purpose even when normatively required....

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    Default Re: I am a Chinese or I am Chinese?

    Quote Originally Posted by reallyblue View Post
    Hi,

    I have read the past questions on this but there were various answers and opinions regarding the use of articles in front of "-ese" nationalities / race. Can someone offer concrete explanations about these examples?

    I am Chinese.
    I am a Chinese. (I have heard this and assumed it as "I am a Chinese person")
    I am Vietnamese.
    I am a Vietnamese.

    I am not a native English speaker.

    Thank you,
    Really Blue
    We almost never use the "a" in such cases.

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    Default Re: I am a Chinese or I am Chinese?

    Hmm ... what about these?

    I am an American.
    I am American.

    I am a Malaysian.
    I am Malaysian.

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    Default Re: I am a Chinese or I am Chinese?

    Quote Originally Posted by reallyblue View Post
    Hmm ... what about these?

    I am an American.
    I am American.

    I am a Malaysian.
    I am Malaysian.
    1...It doesn't matter what country you are talking about. You don't need "a".

    2...But you do need "a","an", or "the" if there is a noun after 'American', 'Malaysian', 'Chinese' or whatever country you are talking about.

    I am a Canadian citizen.
    He is an Austrian artist.
    She is the Italian reporter I spoke to.

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    Default Re: I am a Chinese or I am Chinese?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post

    She is the Italian reporter I spoke to.
    Hello my foe!
    I'd rather say:
    It was the Italian reporter I spoke to.
    Or:
    She was the Italian reporter I spoke to.
    But this is just my opinion.

    Bye my foe!

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