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    #1

    The zoo is really fun.

    The zoo is really fun.
    (from an English textbook)

    In Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, it says
    fun is used as adjective only before nouns. So I wonder if fun here is a noun or an adjective. If its a noun, a good might have been omitted between really and fun.What do you say?
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    #2

    Re: The zoo is really fun.

    I think 'fun' is a noun, and 'really' modifies 'is', so an adjective is not needed.
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    #3

    Re: The zoo is really fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'fun' is a noun, and 'really' modifies 'is', so an adjective is not needed.
    Guys, do you agree with Wai's opinion?

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    #4

    Re: The zoo is really fun.

    Do you think an adjective is needed in 'The zoo is really a place you must visit', where the adverb is followed by a noun?
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    #5

    Re: The zoo is really fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    Guys, do you agree with Wai's opinion?
    It would be more polite to refer to that member as 'Matthew'.

    Asking the question that you did seems to suggest you doubt the correctness of his response. It would be more tactful to wait to see if anybody disagrees. In a forum such as this, incorrect responses will soon be corrected by other members; correct answers will be 'liked' in time by one or more members.

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    #6

    Re: The zoo is really fun.

    "..incorrect responses will soon be corrected by other members; correct answers will be 'liked' in time.."

    "...Incorrect responses are soon corrected by other members; correct answers are 'liked' in time..."

    What is the difference between the above two sentences in the present context; please tell me if future tense can be used instead of simple present tense to refer to general situations? Which is more preferable?

    Thank you.

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    #7

    Re: The zoo is really fun.

    See definition #6 and 7 at http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../will_1?q=will
    It is not a future tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It would be more polite to refer to that member as 'Matthew'.
    Presumably the OP was thinking about my Chinese family name when s/he wrote 'Wai'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: The zoo is really fun.

    I actually see "fun" as a predicative adjective in that sentence.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/fun

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    #9

    Re: The zoo is really fun.

    It seems to fit this, a noun:
    1.1A source of fun.‘people-watching is great fun’


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    #10

    Re: The zoo is really fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It seems to fit this, a noun:
    people-watching is great fun’
    I don't think that's quite the same.
    I agree that "fun" is a noun in that sentence; here "fun" is modified by "great" (an adjective). In the original, "fun" is being modified by an adverb ("really") which is why I see it as an adjective.

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