www.dictionary.comJap·a·nese (jāp'ə-nēz', -nēs')
adj. Of or relating to Japan or its people, language, or culture.
n. pl. Japanese
A native or inhabitant of Japan.
A person of Japanese ancestry.
Thanks manon33. In your sentence, the word "Japanese" is used as an adjective modifying "visitors". Can I use it as a noun?I agree.
All the Japanese visitors enjoyed the show, but the Polish guests were less enthusiastic about it.
that way of speaking would (only) be possible if you wanted to stress that this person, being Japanese, was different from what you would [rightly or wrongly] expect.The Japanese I met at the party yesterday was very friendly.
a Japanese student / person - some Japanese woman/ person - Japanese person -- indefinte
Thanks Cagey for helping me. My dictionary says that "I am a Japanese." is more common than "I am Japanese." You mean even if I introduce myself, I had better say "I am a Japanese person."?Even when I am referring to a single indefinite Japanese person, I use the adjective with a noun, even if it was only the uninformative noun "person".
Thank you for pointing out something I hadn't thought of. I do say "I am an American" much more often than "I am American". It makes sense that you would do the same.Thanks Cagey for helping me. My dictionary says that "I am a Japanese." is more common than "I am Japanese." You mean even if I introduce myself, I had better say "I am a Japanese person."?
Yes, both are possible but only one (the first) is natural.Hello everyone,
What is the difference between the following sentences?
Almost all Japanese like to eat rice.
Almost all the Japanese like to eat rice.
If both are grammatically correct, which one is more appropriate in this context?
Thanks in advance.
No, I'm referring to its linguistic form, not its truth value!Thank you, Philo2009. You say the second sentence is unnatural because not all the Japanese like to eat rice?