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Countries, Adjective Forms, and Nationalities (#7), by Dennis Oliver

 

The adjective forms for countries and the names for citizens of countries
are often confusing in English. This happens for two reasons. First, there
is no easy way to change a country's name to its adjective form because
several different endings are used for this purpose. Second, the words
for nationalities are often the same as the adjective forms, but not always.

Here is more information on names of countries, their adjective forms,
and the words used for their citizens.

 

Countries, Adjective Forms,
and Nationalities (#7)

 country
 

 adjective
 

nationality
         
Jamaica   Jamaican   Jamaican
         
Japan   Japanese   Japanese
         
Jordan   Jordanian   Jordanian
         
Kazakhstan   Kazakhstani*   Kazakhstani*
         
Kenya   Kenyan   Kenyan
         
Kiribati*   I-Kiribati   I-Kiribati
         
Korea, North*   Korean*   Korean*
         
Korea, South*   Korean*   Korean*
         
Kuwait   Kuwaiti   Kuwaiti
         
Kyrgyzstan   Kyrgyzstani*   Kyrgyzstani*

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Special Notes:

1.   Kazakh is sometimes used as a nationality form for
Kazakhstan, but Kazakhstani is actually proper:
Kazakh is the language, not the nationality form.
     
2.   Kiribati is pronounced something like Ki-ri-BASS.
     
3.   When Korean is used as a nationality form, the reference
is generally to
South Korea. When the reference is to
North Korea, North Korean is generally used.
     
4.    Kyrgyz is sometimes used as a nationality form for
Kyrgyzstan, but Kyrgyzstani is actually proper:
Kyrgyz is the language, not the nationality form.

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