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Ten-year-olds nowadays are likely to say sentences such as The carnival is funner than the Science Museum, and their parents are likely to have given up trying to correct the sentence to The carnival is more fun than the Science Museum. This use of fun as an inflected adjective (fun, funner, funnest) became popular in the 1950s and 1960s and has persisted, so that a press release today will announce perfectly seriously: The corporation believes that a spelling bee is a fun way to emphasize the critical importance of good basic communication skills in America?s workplace. The day will no doubt come when this use of fun is normal; yet at present the use of fun to modify nouns has a facetious or an informal tone. You should avoid it where a light tone would be inappropriate.    1




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