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    a dinner

    Hi

    Is it OK to put the article "a" before "dinner"?

    EG. He threw a dinner at the swank hotel.

    Thanks

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    Re: a dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it OK to put the article "a" before "dinner"?

    EG. He threw a dinner at the swank hotel.

    Thanks
    It's more than OK, it's obligatory!

    However, we usually "throw" a party and "hold" or "host" a dinner.

    He threw a great party for his friends and hosted a splendid dinner for his relatives.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Re: a dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    It's more than OK, it's obligatory!
    Should we use articles before all of these: breakfast, dinner, lunch, supper.

    I had a breakfast/dinner/lunch/supper.

    What about: She had (a) cancer.

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    Last edited by GUEST2008; 12-Feb-2010 at 23:55.

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    Re: a dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Should we use articles before all of these: breakfast, dinner, lunch, supper.

    I had a breakfast/dinner/lunch/supper.

    What about: She had (a) cancer.

    Thanks
    I can't really give you the grammatical justification for this, but no - you wouldn't usually use "a" in those circumstances.

    You'd say,

    I've just had breakfast/dinner/lunch/supper,

    ......but you'd also say,

    I've had a delicious breakfast etc.

    .....and you'd say, "She had cancer" in the same way that you'd say, "She had influenza/ measles/ chickenpox etc". Unfortunately, however, you'd say, "She had a cold"!


    Sorry if that's not helped much!

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    Re: a dinner

    Thanks it's a bit clearer.

    What about: I've had A delicious breakfast.

    Do we put the "a" because it was this one delicious breakfast and not any other?

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