Spaghetti is a famous Italian food.

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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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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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:up: (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.

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

With spaghetti?
 
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