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    Diner

    Dear native speakers,
    Can we use the word "diner" for a room in our house where we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner?
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    Re: Diner

    Not in BrE.

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    Re: Diner

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Not in BrE.
    Nor in AmE, either, I guess.

    If I'm wrong, our American buddies will put me right when they get up in an hour or three.

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    Re: Diner

    A diner is usually a roadside cafe, or restaurant. It may have a neon sign that says 'Eats', or something similar. It may be made from an old railway car.
    In the house it's the dining room. Maybe you have a breakfast nook in the kitchen, but otherwise- living room, bedroom, dining room.

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    Re: Diner

    Though a lot of moms can feel like a short-order cook at a diner!
    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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    Re: Diner

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Though a lot of moms can feel like a short-order cook at a diner!
    Dads too.

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    Re: Diner

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Though a lot of moms can feel like a short-order cook at a diner!
    Oh my, if I had a dollar for every time my Mom barked "I'm not a short-order cook!" at us when we were kids and she was asking what we wanted for dinner I'd be posting this from my plush summer villa in Monaco. But yes, "diner" implies a restaurant of some sort. "Dining room" describes the room in a house used exclusively for eating. A lot of houses, however, don't have a separate room for eating and just have a dining table in the kitchen area.

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