Fun or Funny? Or both?

Fun and funny are both adjectives (fun can also be a noun) but they mean very different things. This is a common mistake for English learners.

So, what’s the difference?

Funny=makes you laugh

Fun= is something you enjoy, you have a good time.

A movie is funny because it makes you laugh.

A movie cannot be fun.

A book is funny because it makes you laugh.

A book cannot be fun.

A clown can be funny because he does tricks and makes you laugh.

A clown cannot be fun.

BUT A person can be both fun and funny.

Kevin is funny because he tells a lot of jokes.

Kevin is fun because he is social and likes to go out with his friend to have a good time.

So…ready to take a quiz??

Is this fun or funny?

  1. playing a game is ____________
  2. watching a movie is ___________
  3. a book (can be) ______________
  4. a comedian is _______________
  5. going to a birthday party is ___________

Answers are below this line:




  • playing a game is fun
  • watching a movie is fun
  • a book (can be) funny
  • a comedian is funny
  • going to a birthday party is fun

How’d you do!?

Earlier I said that fun can be used as a noun. Here are some examples:

I had a lot of fun last night at the party! Here, fun means enjoyment

I love going to the movies with Kaleb, he is so much fun! Here, we are describing the behavior of a person. His personal characteristic is fun. Just like he could be outgoing, social, and fun.

So are you fun or funny? or both?! 🙂




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