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    I encountered a word spelt "dinnertime" which to me should be spelt "dinner time". Suppose if there is really such a spelling, does it make any difference in the meaning?

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    Default Re: Difference Between "dinnertime" and "dinn

    It (dinner time) means the same whether it is written as one word or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al125106
    I encountered a word spelt "dinnertime" which to me should be spelt "dinner time". Suppose if there is really such a spelling, does it make any difference in the meaning?
    Hi,
    I am not a teacher. Just someone who has been using English for a very long time. Too long, some say...hehehehe.

    According to Merriam-Webster OnLine, dinnertime......the time when dinner is taken.

    For dinner time the meaning should logically be different. I would use it if I was going to set a time for dinner.
    As from today, twelve noon will be recognised as dinner time.
    I am open to correction on this.

    Hope this helps. :)
    John D.

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    Default Re: Difference Between "dinnertime" and "dinn

    Quote Originally Posted by John D
    Quote Originally Posted by al125106
    I encountered a word spelt "dinnertime" which to me should be spelt "dinner time". Suppose if there is really such a spelling, does it make any difference in the meaning?
    Hi,
    I am not a teacher. Just someone who has been using English for a very long time. Too long, some say...hehehehe.

    According to Merriam-Webster OnLine, dinnertime......the time when dinner is taken.

    For dinner time the meaning should logically be different. I would use it if I was going to set a time for dinner.
    As from today, twelve noon will be recognised as dinner time.
    I am open to correction on this.

    Hope this helps. :)
    John D.

    I think I get where you're coming from, but to me it's just a very small semantical difference.

    I would just think the two are the same.

    What about "lunchtime"? Is that a word? Let's find out.

    lunch·time (lŭnch'tīm')
    n.
    The time during which lunch is usually eaten.


    Interesting. I would have thought that to be two words. I guess ya learn something new every day as the old saying goes..........

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    Default Re: Difference Between "dinnertime" and "dinn

    Hi cityspeak, :D ,

    Ya shure does.

    I've bin learnin fo a loooooooooooong time an I still no nuthin.


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    Default Re: Difference Between "dinnertime" and "dinn

    It is not at all unusual for a comon two word collocation to eventually become treated as one word. In fact, it is quite common. Unless people start using them differently, I would regard dinner time and dinnertime as the same. The same goes for lunch time and lunchtime.

    Two words sometimes means the same thing as one.

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    Default Re: Difference Between "dinnertime" and "dinn

    Good point.

    I would have gone for two words on "dinner time". I don't think I would have thought of it as one word. Same thing with "lunch time".

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    Quote Originally Posted by John D
    Hi cityspeak, :D ,

    Ya shure does.

    I've bin learnin fo a loooooooooooong time an I still no nuthin.



    Me too.


    8) 8) :) :wink:

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    Go for "dinnertime" the other is too marked/emphatic in talking about the regular *mealtime.

    *There's another

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