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    #1

    a German

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    I'm a German or I'm German?

    I would say the latter.

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    #2

    Re: a German

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I'm a German or I'm German?

    I would say the latter.
    There is not much practical difference in the two sentences.

    I typically say, "I'm American".
    I would say "I'm an American" in a situation where I wanted to emphasize my nationality. The "an" adds a notion of pride - I'm American and proud of it.


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    Not a teacher, 53-year-old American.
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    Ö and thatís my opinion

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    #3

    Wink Re: a German

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I'm a German or I'm German?

    I would say the latter.
    I would say either, if only I were (a) German.

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    #4

    Re: a German

    Hi

    So actually I could say either: I'm a Pole/I'm a Polish or I'm Pole/I'm Polish?

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    #5

    Re: a German

    I would say:

    I am Brazilian.
    I am a Brazilian citizen.


    If I say ...
    I am a Brazilian...

    people may expect for me to finish the sentence, Brazilian what?

    [I am not a teacher]
    By the way, I would never say 'I am not teacher' either!

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    #6

    Re: a German

    My opinion on BrE is similar to the opinions of Offroad and opa6x57; we normally expect to hear no article.

    Where there are different words for the adjective and noun, we normally exect to hear the adjective:

    Danish/(a Dane), Turkish/(a Turk), English/ (an Englishman), etc.

    We Brits (to use a form that many British people dislike) rarely use the word Briton, except in newspaper headlines - " 3 Britons die in flood".

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    #7

    Smile Re: a German

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    So actually I could say either: I'm a Pole /I'm a Polish , unless you wanted to add something following Polish or I'm Pole , unless your (sur)name was Pole/I'm Polish ?

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