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In forms, what should I write for nationality fields? The name of country or the word for people of country?

German, English, Iranian vs Germany, England, Iran.

(I need this for listening section of IELTS)

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Nationality is always a format based on the term used to refer to people hailing from the nation and not really the nation itself.

  • Jamaica - Jamaican
  • Britain - British
  • Yugoslavia - Yugoslavian

The point of nationality is to indicate the country but in a form that focuses on the people and not the concept of the country/nation.

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The country itself is Germany, a noun. A person from that country is "a German", a noun. People or objects from that country, or characteristics of that country, are "German", an adjective.

"Germany is in central Europe." I am talking about the country.

"Heinrich is a German." A person from Germany.

"Mercedes-Benz is a German company." "German beer is exported to many other countries." Things from Germany.

So if you are from Germany, your nationality is "German".

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Nationality is an adjective: He is French, she is English, they are German.

You can say: 'He is a French man, she is an English woman.' This is because you are saying 'He is a man, she is a woman' and adding their nationality. ('Man' and 'woman' are nouns, 'English' is an adjective.)

If you say 'He is a German' that could sound a little bit offensive, as if you are saying something negative about that man, because he is German.

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