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    By a Japanese/ By Japanese?

    Can someone please identify the correct sentence. Thanks.

    1) By a Japanese director starring....
    2) By Japanese director starring....

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    Re: By a Japanese/ By Japanese?

    1 is right. The word 'Japanese' can be treated as an adjective describing nationality and modifying the word 'director'. Since 'director' is a singular noun, we need to add the indefinite article 'a' in front of it.

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    Re: By a Japanese/ By Japanese?

    You need a comma after "director".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: By a Japanese/ By Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You need a comma after "director".
    It's hard to be sure without full sentences.
    "By a Japanese director starring in his own film, Toyota Mitsubishi has shown that this primarily American habit of dual roles has reached the Land of the Rising Sun."
    (I know it's not a quality sentence but it demonstrates the point.)

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    Re: By a Japanese/ By Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by ach4124 View Post
    1 is right. The word 'Japanese' can be treated as an adjective describing nationality and modifying the word 'director'. Since 'director' is a singular noun, we need to add the indefinite article 'a' in front of it.
    Thanks for your explanation. I agree with you on that, however I feel that the second sentence is still good to me without “a”. For instance, “By acclaimed director, Steven Spielberg”, I’m sure we still can accept this. It’s good to go. Then why, the second phrase is wrong which is “By Japanese director starring...”. Can you please explain further, sometime I couldn’t differentiate them. Thanks.

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    Re: By a Japanese/ By Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's hard to be sure without full sentences.
    "By a Japanese director starring in his own film, Toyota Mitsubishi has shown that this primarily American habit of dual roles has reached the Land of the Rising Sun."
    (I know it's not a quality sentence but it demonstrates the point.)
    Thanks for your kind explanation. How if the sentence as “By a Japanese director starring Seung Woo and Mi Suk Kim”, do we still need to use the comma after “director”?

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    By a Japanese director starring Seung Woo and Mi Suk Kim”, do we still need to use the comma after “director

    This is confusing. Are there one or two directors? Are there one or two roles?
    It is better that you give the full sentence.
    My guess is, the film is directed by a Japanese director and the stars are Seung Woo and Mi Suk Kim.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: By a Japanese/ By Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaya87 View Post
    Thanks for your explanation. I agree with you on that, however I feel that the second sentence is still good to me without “a”. For instance, “By acclaimed director, Steven Spielberg”, I’m sure we still can accept this. It’s good to go. Then why, the second phrase is wrong which is “By Japanese director starring...”. Can you please explain further, sometime I couldn’t differentiate them. Thanks.
    If we change the sentences to be (1) ... by a Japanese director. (2) ... by Japanese/acclaimed director Name, both are right. I have explained (1). As for (2), we use no article with names of people.

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    Re: By a Japanese/ By Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaya87 View Post
    Thanks for your kind explanation. How if the sentence as “By a Japanese director starring Seung Woo and Mi Suk Kim”, do we still need to use the comma after “director”?
    I've already demonstrated the impossibility of answering properly without a full sentence. Are you missing that point? Nothing you have offered so far is a sentence. Please help us to help you.

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    Re: By a Japanese/ By Japanese?

    If you want a sentence, you could use something like Made by a Japanese director, the film stars Seung Woo and Mi Suk Kim.

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