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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 1:34:40 PM
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Why is it wrong to call someone who is Japanese a Japanse, but it is OK to say an American or a Swede?

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George Weischadle
Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 2:13:27 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Why is it wrong to call someone who is Japanese a Japanse, but it is OK to say an American or a Swede?

Thanks.
It isn't wrong. Problem is, in today's politically-correct society people sometimes imagine insults where none were intended.
almo 1
Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 2:53:54 PM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Why is it wrong to call someone who is Japanese a Japanse, but it is OK to say an American or a Swede?

Thanks.





What about chink?


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NKM
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As a general rule, adjectives of nationality which end with an -n are customarily used as countable nouns referring to the inhabitants of a country. Most other forms are not used that way, though there may be exceptions.

Thus we can say "a German/Norwegian/Canadian/Belgian/Jordanian" and "an American/Egyptian/Indonesian", but not "a Dutch/Swedish/French/Irish/Scottish/Flemish/Welsh/Spanish/Portuguese/Chinese/British".

Of course many of these adjectives can serve as uncountable nouns for the languages of those inhabitants.

Koh Elaine
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almo 1
Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 9:10:59 PM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Why is it wrong to call someone who is Japanese a Japanse, but it is OK to say an American or a Swede?

Thanks.




I've never heard of or seen the word "Japanse".
Is it typo?


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