Meaning of FUN in English




DUBIOUS : A good novel can give you a lot of fun.

GOOD : A good novel can give you a lot of pleasure.


When you are talking about something that provides intellectual or spiritual satisfaction, such as a piano concert or a visit to an art gallery, use enjoyment/enjoyable or pleasure/pleasurable : 'Reading is her one source of pleasure.' 'We spent an enjoyable afternoon at the art gallery.'

Fun is usually used in connection with light-hearted events and activities such as games, picnics, or children's parties: 'John's parties are always great fun.' 'Let's go to the beach and have some fun.'


BAD : The game we played was very fun.

GOOD : The game we played was a lot of fun.

BAD : College life is not very fun.

GOOD : College life is not much fun.


Fun is a noun (NOT an adjective): 'a lot of fun', 'not much fun', 'great fun'


BAD : On my birthday I had a good fun with my friends.

GOOD : On my birthday I had some good fun with my friends.

BAD : It would be a great fun if we could go together.

GOOD : It would be great fun if we could go together.


BAD : While on holiday I made lots of fun.

GOOD : While on holiday I had lots of fun.

BAD : I'm sure that you will get a lot of fun here.

GOOD : I'm sure that you will have a lot of fun here.


have fun : 'Everyone needs to have a little fun now and again.'


Many phrases begin with a very common very such as do, make, have, or take : ‘I felt very nervous about taking the test but, after having a long talk with Mrs Fisher, I decided I would just do my best and try not to make too many silly mistakes .’ These verbs can be combined with some nouns but not with others and since they do not have a clear meaning of their own, choosing the right combination can be a problem. Phrases which tend to cause difficulty are shown below.


have a bath (or esp. AmE take ) ‘She’s probably upstairs having a bath.’

Have (your) breakfast ‘We usually have breakfast in the kitchen.’

Have (your) dinner ‘We had dinner and then went for a walk.’

Have a drink ‘I’ll collapse if I don’t have a drink soon.’

Have (an) experience ‘He has no experience of running a large company.’

Have fun ‘You can’t stop people from having fun.’

Have a holiday ‘It’s almost a year since we had a real holiday.’

Have an interview ‘I’ve had six interviews but no one has offered me a job.’

Have a lesson ‘Every morning we have three fifty-minute lessons.’

Have (your) lunch ‘Isn’t it about time we had lunch?’

Have an operation ‘Before I had the operation I could hardly walk.’

Have a party ‘On Saturday we’re having a party.’

Have a picnic ‘If it’s sunny we could have a picnic.’

Have a shower (or esp. AmE take) ‘It only takes me a minute to have a shower.’


Take/do an examination ‘Why do we have to take so many tests?’

Take (your) medicine ‘Don’t forget to take your medicine.’

Take a pill ‘He refuses to take sleeping pills.’

Take/do a test ‘The last test I took was a disaster.’


Make an effort ‘I had to make a big effort not to laugh.’

Make a journey ‘It was the first journey he’d made all on his own.’

Make a mistake ‘He has made a serious mistake.’

Make a noise ‘How can one small child make so much noise?’

Make progress ‘I made very little progress at the start of the course.’


Do your best ‘Don’t worry, Tim. Just do your best.’

Do (or cause) damage ‘The storm did a lot of damage to the crops.’

Do an exercise ‘Have you done your exercises today?’

Do an experiment ‘To do this experiment, you’ll need two eggs.’

Do (sb) good ‘The holiday has done him a lot of good.’

Do harm ‘A scandal would do his reputation a lot of harm.’

Do your homework ‘Have you done your homework yet?’

Do a job ‘I’ve got one or two jobs to do this evening.’

Do the/some shopping ‘Jake has gone into town to do some shopping.’

Do research ‘We need to do a lot more research.’

Do things ‘We’ve done lots of different things today.’

Do your training ‘Where did you do your training?’

Note also: do something/anything etc: ‘I can’t come now – I’m doing something.’ ‘He hasn’t done anything wrong.'

Longman Common Errors English vocabulary.      Английский словарь распространенных ошибок Longman.