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    Default What is 'Dinner en route'?

    What is 'Dinner en route'? What does it mean exactly?

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    Default Re: What is 'Dinner en route'?

    Context is very helpful for us.

    If the person said "We'll get dinner en route" it means they will eat while on the way to wherever they were going.

    Without context, I don't know.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: What is 'Dinner en route'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Context is very helpful for us.

    If the person said "We'll get dinner en route" it means they will eat while on the way to wherever they were going.

    Without context, I don't know.
    It sounds like a line from a travel brochure.

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    Default Re: What is 'Dinner en route'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Context is very helpful for us.

    If the person said "We'll get dinner en route" it means they will eat while on the way to wherever they were going.

    Without context, I don't know.
    Not a teacher

    Without context, I'd agree with Barbara. BTW "en route" is French and could mean "on the way" into English -as Barbara pointed out. Anyway, the sentence makes sense to me.
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    Default Re: What is 'Dinner en route'?

    There are several 'en X' phrases in use in English, all borrowed from French I think (but creating a phrase of this sort is a 'productive mechanism' in circles where people know and use French, so an 'en X' phrase may sometimes be coined in English: I can't think of any at the moment, but I'm sure I've heard native English students of French doing it).

    Examples of the commoner sort are 'en route', 'en famille' and (rarer) 'en passant'; there are also the more clearly French borrowings related to cuisine, such as 'en croûte' or 'en daube'.

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    Default Re: What is 'Dinner en route'?

    PS - Of course, the dinner in the OP may be entirely served wrapped in pastry. In that case, there could be a typo - 'dinner en croûte'. Probably not though

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