Hello, teachers. Please help me with this.
Which is correct?
(a) Spaghetti is a famous Italian food.
(b) Spaghetti is famous Italian food.
If both are correct, what is the difference between the two sentences?
Thank you in advance.
(But I wouldn't use a either - the notion of 'famous food' strikes me as problematic!
PS I thought I was wrong about this collocation - although rare, it comes about 400th in a field of about 4000 in BNC (in a search for 'famous' + <noun>). But here's the context for its two hits:
In both cases 'food' is behaving adjectivally; what is famous is shops in 1 and writers in 2.
1 ...One of the most famous food shops in the country is to close...
2 ...Showbiz characters rubbed shoulders with politicians, famous food and wine writers, and fashion designers...
Last edited by BobK; 22-Feb-2013 at 11:36. Reason: Clarify