Fun or Funny: Confusing Words in English

Do you get the words fun and funny confused? Many people that are learning English use the words ‘fun’ and ‘funny’ incorrectly because they don’t understand the difference. Once you understand the difference you should be able to use them correctly. Below you will find the definitions of both words and example sentences.

Fun
Definition: Something or someone that is enjoyable or entertaining

Funny
Definition: Something or someone that makes you laugh or is humorous

Example Sentences

Fun:
1. I had a lot of fun at David’s birthday party.
2. Maria said she has fun when she visited her aunt.
3. The Peterson’s are such fun people.
4. The meeting at work was informative and fun.
5. The boy had fun playing the games he got for his birthday.
6. This is fun!

Funny:
1. The new Jim Carey movie is really funny.
2. The clown at the circus was funny. He knew lots of tricks.
3. My brother is a funny guy. He always makes me laugh.
4. James told me a funny joke.
5. Marisa told me a funny story about what happened to her at work.
6. That was so funny!

Negative Example Sentences with Fun and Funny

Fun:
1. I didn’t have fun at school today.
2. Kelsey never seems to have fun.
3. The party was so boring. No one had any fun.
4. It’s not fun to be sick.

Funny:
1. My professor thinks he is funny but he’s not.
2. The movie wasn’t funny though it was supposed to be a comedy.
3. That’s not funny! Stop it.
4. It wasn’t funny when I tripped and feel at work. I really hurt myself.

Can I use both words in the same sentence? Yes… but it is not very common.

Examples:
1. We had a lot of fun watching the funny movie.
2. Peter’s funny comedy routine ensured that everyone had a fun time at the comedy club.

You should now be able to tell the difference between the words fun and funny in the English language.

Bored vs. Boring: Common Mistakes in English

Many English language learners get confused about how to use the words ‘bored’ and ‘boring’ correctly in English. It is important that you understand the difference and that you do not make mistakes when using these words. 

Bored = describes when someone feels that they are uninterested, unhappy or tired with something or because they have nothing to do.

Sentence examples with bored:
1. I am bored.
2. I get so bored in biology class.
3. Eric always gets bored at work.
4. Jessica feels bored when she is not working.
5. I get bored when I have to visit my grandparents in the country. There is nothing to do.
6. Trevor got really bored on the long flight to Tokyo.
7. It was raining all day on Saturday and I was stuck inside with nothing to do. I was very bored.
8. David got really bored when he went shopping for dresses with his mother.
9. My son got bored when he went to his friend’s house.

Boring = something or someone is not interesting

Sentence examples with boring:
1. This is boring.
2. Ms. Wilson is so boring. I hate going to her class.
3. Helen thinks soccer games are boring.
4. The new Jim Carey movie was really boring. There was no action in the whole movie.
5. Paul’s speech was so boring. I almost fell asleep.
6. My English class is boring. I think I need to find a new teacher.
7. This book is really boring. I can’t believe I have to read the whole thing for class.
8. My new yoga class is boring. I think I need to go to a more intense class next time.
9. The Monday staff meetings at work are boring. I wish they were optional.

You should now understand the difference of ‘bored’ and ‘boring’ and how to use them correctly when you speak English.

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