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    Default An American walks into a bar...but it's a Japanese man that walks into a bar

    I wouldn't say a Japanese walks into a bar. Why is an American walks into a bar okay?

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    Default Re: An American walks into a bar...but it's a Japanese man that walks into a bar

    "A Japanese walks into a bar."

    That sounds OK to me.

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    Default Re: An American walks into a bar...but it's a Japanese man that walks into a bar

    Quote Originally Posted by donnach View Post
    I wouldn't say a Japanese walks into a bar. Why not? Although it may sound unnatural/awkward, it's correct. If you prefer, you could say "A Japanese guy/person......." Why is an American walks into a bar okay?

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    Default Re: An American walks into a bar...but it's a Japanese man that walks into a bar

    That's interesting... I wonder if it has to do with the -an vs -ese ending. I feel more comfortable saying 'A(n) American / Iranian / Canadian / Indian / Russian / Korean / etc. walks into a bar' than saying 'A(n) Chinese / Japanese / Portuguese / etc. walks into a bar.'

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    Default Re: An American walks into a bar...but it's a Japanese man that walks into a bar

    I don't understand your reply.

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    Default Re: An American walks into a bar...but it's a Japanese man that walks into a bar

    billmcd's reply, that is.

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    Default Re: An American walks into a bar...but it's a Japanese man that walks into a bar

    You're right, the -an ending sounds more solidly a noun, while the -ese ending sounds like an adjective, which when used as a noun, strikes the ear as slightly odd. But it's correct, as long as another more established form doesn't coexist (e.g. Frenchman).

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