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I'm not an expert , so I am not able to answer your question Mikey. But your question brings me to the following things I guess I am confused about.

She's great fun to be with (fun is a noun here- Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary 3rd Edition)

She's really fun to be with. (fun is an adjective here- Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 7th Edition)

Both Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English and Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary 3rd Edition say that fun as an adjective can only go before a NOUN while Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 7th Edition has examples in which fun does not go before a noun.

From Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 7th Edition: She’s really fun to be with. This game looks fun!There are lots of fun things for
young people to do here.

So I guess I have to ask the same question as Mikey's.
Last edited by tonyck
It used to be considered bad form to use 'fun' as an adjective before a noun. But times have changed. Here's what Bryan Garner* states:

  • fun, traditionally a noun, has come into vogue as an adjective – but only as a casualism (a word used only in informal speech].

    Why has usage changed here? Two main reasons. (1) Unlike other nouns of emotion, fun hasn’t had a corresponding adjective to mean ‘productive of fun.’ Funny long ago took on other senses such as ‘risible’ and ‘weird.’ Most other nouns of emotions have adjectives that mean ‘productive of’ <excitement – exciting> <fear-fearful>, <gloom-gloomy>, <sadness-sad>. But not fun, which is among the most popular nouns of emotion. (2) Because fun is always a mass noun, it never appears with an [indefinite] article. So although we may say This is a pleasure or a joy, we cannot say a fun. Instead, we say This is fun – and this predicate noun looks as if it might be a predicate adjective….

    For speakers who consider fun in This is fun to be a predicate adjective, it’s no significant change to say, instead, This is a fun thing to do – or This is so fun instead of This is so much fun. Still, the usage remains casual at best…

    R.W. Burchfield notes that ‘in serious writing, it (so far) lacks a comparative and a superlative.’ That may be true of serious writing, but not of spoken AmE (especially among those born after 1970 or so…

    The New Oxford American Dictionary records funer and funnest as informal. Some writers use them seriously…

    The linguist Steven Pinker has been quoted as saying that he ‘can tell whether people are under or over thirty years old by whether they’re willing to accept fun as a full-fledged adjective….

    To traditionalists, the adjectival fun and its comparative forms remain blemishes in both writing and speech.

    This means that 'fun' as an adjective is quite acceptable today in most cases. However, if you are writing for your professor, s/he might not accept this usage. And, some publications might not accept it either.
    *Garner's Modern American Usage, Second edition, by Bryan A. Garner. Oxford 2003
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