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    Spaghetti is a famous Italian food.

    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.

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    Re: Spaghetti is a famous Italian food.

    Quote Originally Posted by giddyman View Post
    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.
    I wouldn't use (b).

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    #3

    Re: Spaghetti is a famous Italian food.

    (But I wouldn't use a either - the notion of 'famous food' strikes me as problematic!

    b

    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:

    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...
    In both cases 'food' is behaving adjectivally; what is famous is shops in 1 and writers in 2.

    b
    Last edited by BobK; 22-Feb-2013 at 12:36. Reason: Clarify

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    #4

    Re: Spaghetti is a famous Italian food.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (But I wouldn't use a either - the notion of 'famous food' strikes me as problematic!
    With spaghetti?

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