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#1 Old 12-28-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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I usually use it as a noun like we're a race or something.What about you guys,and why?
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#2 Old 12-28-2013, 11:42 AM
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Probably this thread is my fault. I'm sorry

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Both. It is a noun. "I'm a vegetarian." and an adjective. "I'd like the vegetarian burger/enchilada/salad/etc."


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It can be both a noun or an adjective. Veganism is listed as a noun, but we use the term vegan to describe ourselves, but as another person on this board states- "we" are not our actions. More I think about that the more it makes sense!

It's used as an adjective to describe food and products.


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It could probably be an adverb too (although no example immediately pops to mind, so maybe not).

 

EDIT: OK, here's vegetarian as an adverb: vegetarian specialty product. vegetarian functions as an adverb modifying the adjective specialty. You could also read the phrase as vegetarian and specialty both being adjectives modifying product, rather than vegetarian modifying specialty.


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#6 Old 12-28-2013, 10:29 PM
 
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I was asking more like do you say, "she is a vegetarian" or "she is vegetarian".If that makes any sense whatsoever.grin.gif
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I believe that the main purpose of "a"s and "the"s in English is to make life of a non-native speaker miserable wink3.gif and not for distinction between adjectives and nouns. With this in mind, everything depends largely on context. If you say "She's a vegetarian girl", it will be an wink3.gif adjective (as name may suggest, used when added to some other word), but in "She's a vegetarian" it will be a noun (otherwise it would feel unfinished, like "she's nice", but "she's a nice ..."). Without "a" it can be an adjective once again (you'll probably use it when answering questions, like "Is it a vegan or vegetarian dish? It's vegetarian"). In a genitive context "Hummus is one of vegetarian's most favourite dishes" (I don't know if this particular sentence is grammatically correct however wink3.gif ) it will be a noun once again. Ok, sorry once again, everything I wrote lately is due to the lack of oxygen.

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I believe that the main purpose of "a"s and "the"s in English is to make life of a non-native speaker miserable wink3.gif and not for distinction between adjectives and nouns. With this in mind, everything depends largely on context. If you say "She's a vegetarian girl", it will be an wink3.gif adjective (as name may suggest, used when added to some other word), but in "She's a vegetarian" it will be a noun (otherwise it would feel unfinished, like "she's nice", but "she's a nice ..."). Without "a" it can be an adjective once again (you'll probably use it when answering questions, like "Is it a vegan or vegetarian dish? It's vegetarian"). In a genitive context "Hummus is one of vegetarian's most favourite dishes" (I don't know if this particular sentence is grammatically correct however wink3.gif ) it will be a noun once again. Ok, sorry once again, everything I wrote lately is due to the lack of oxygen.
My friend from Japan despairs at our "a" and "the" as well as in/on/under/over/ types of words. I say "I'm vegan" but "I'm a vegan" is also correct. So idk. grin.gif
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Both.

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