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    Question Argentine, Argentinean or Argentinian?

    I have always thought that Argentine was used for things or objects, and Argentinian/Argentinean, for people. However, I've found out that all these terms may be used interchangeably. And according to different dictionaries, all of them are accepted.

    Now that I'm translating some biographies, I'd like to ask for your opinion on which of these terms would be the most appropriate one or the most widely used in English-speaking countries.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Hi Guadalupe,

    The one I see most is Argentine.

    Hope this helps

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    Hi, i think that the correct one is "Argentine", also "Argentinian" is valid, its use is more colloquial, i never see "Argentinean".

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    Thank you both!!!
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    Argentina is unique in this regard.

    In the U.S. ... and this is just my opinion...the two words are indeed interchangeable and either would be appropriate and readily accepted but Argentinian is more common..

    He's (an) Argentinian. He's (an) Argentine. No difference

    Personally, if I were referring to a person or thing I would most likely call him/her/it Argentinian. EX: John is Argentinian. The wine is Argentinian.

    There IS a subtle difference in the use of the words. It sorta depends on how you form the sentence.

    I'm thinking of wines and fruits that are commonly sold here and I think many would say they're Argentine, but again Argentinian would not be wrong.

    In either case if we refer to people in the plural we might add an "s" as in "they're Argentinians/Argentines"; but just Argentinian/Argentine is also correct.

    Argentine, to me, implies that something is of Argentinian origin, as in MADE in Argentina.

    SO...in short, I guess it's your choice.

    Hope I haven't confused the subject too much.

    BTW...we pronounce the word Argentine two different ways. Some say ArgenTIN; others say ArgenTYNE.
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    WOW, Vicente! I'm impressed! Your explanation is very clear and complete, as usual! Are you a teacher or anything?

    But I'm now thinking of this phrase and I doubt again: "XX was an Argentine artist" (Argentine sounds better to me than Argentinian in this context, but this is my humble perception. As English is not my mother tongue, I would appreciate some more qualified opinions).

    Thank you!
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    Hello Guadalupe!! It's a pleasure to see (read) you! It's been a while. No, I'm not a teacher...hahaha.

    I know I might sound ambiguous after saying that I usually use Argentinian BUT "XX was an Argentine artist" is perfect. Trust me,
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    Yes, that's true! The pleasure is mine, Vicente! Thanks again!

    Let's see if someone else has something to say...

    In the meantime, have a nice weekend!
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    Igualmente my friend!
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    Interesting, I never knew why MS Word correct one of those versions as wrong.

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