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Could you say please there is any difference? Are both sentences common?

School was fun.

There was fun at school.

Are "fun" and "funny" interchangeable here?

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The first is common, but the second is not.

  1. School was fun.

  2. There was fun at school.

The following sentence is not grammatically wrong, but this is not how English native speakers would express the idea.

There was happiness at school today.

Are "fun" and "funny" interchangeable here?

No, they are not interchangeable.

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  • How do you understand "School was fun."? It was interesting to have studies, wasn't it?
    – Sergei
    Feb 6, 2021 at 20:47
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"Fun" and "funny" are never interchangeable, here or elsewhere. They are different words, with different meanings.

School was fun.

This sentence is the natural and common phrasing.

There was fun at school.

I'm not sure this is actually wrong, but it is absolutely weird. There are certainly other nouns I could replace it with to have a grammatically identical sentence that doesn't sound weird (Ex. "There was quiet at school"). It still wouldn't be the most natural way to phrase it in a conversation (I'd say, "School was quiet") but I wouldn't find it odd to read in a book.

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  • How do you understand "School was fun."? It was interesting to have studies, wasn't it?
    – Sergei
    Feb 6, 2021 at 20:47
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    @Sergey Maybe, yes. Or maybe my teachers weren't too strict and my friends and I messed around a lot. Either way, it means I enjoyed it. Funny, on the other hand, means either it made me laugh or there was something strange about it.
    – Emmabee
    Feb 12, 2021 at 22:48

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