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    In the second sentence (in blue) of the following paragraph, can we change it into '... it's fun/ it's the fun that has evidently come down to us from times immemorial'? Thank you in advance.

    Right then it hit me: the fun of going through turns didn't come so much from the thrill of speed as it came from the challenge of balancing. What's more, it's a fun that has evidently come down to us from times immemorial.

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    Default Re: a fun that

    No. Best to leave it as a fun.

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    Default Re: a fun that

    can we change it into '... it's fun/ it's the fun
    You would change the meaning of the sentence if you do that.

    The writer couldn't pinpoint the special feeling of fun that he experienced, hence the indefinite article was used.

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    Default Re: a fun that

    joham - you could think of it as 'it's a [source of (and the source is unspecified)] fun...'

    (Incidentally, in B Eng it's 'time immmemorial' - BNC has no instance with the plural. The option is there in Am Eng, though in COCA the plural outnumbers the singular 191 to 5: Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) )

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