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    a-an

    .She would like to go somewhere for........ dinner given to welcome a guest.
    a - an - the - no article

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    Re: a-an

    Tell us which you think is best.
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    Re: a-an

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Tell us which you think is best.
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    I think no article is the best.
    But a friend of mine says we use a if there is an adjective before the meal.
    Would you please explain that?

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    #4

    Re: a-an

    I 'vote' for no article:)

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    Re: a-an

    I think, "dinner given to welcome a guest" part necessitates the dinner to be defined. So, I'd use "the" if the one to whom I spoke knew about the dinner or use "a" if it wasn't known by the one to whom I spoke. I'd use no article if the sentence was "She would like to go somewhere for dinner". And, "an" is out of the question.

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    Re: a-an

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    I think, "dinner given to welcome a guest" part necessitates the dinner to be defined. So, I'd use "the" if the one to whom I spoke knew about the dinner or use "a" if it wasn't known by the one to whom I spoke. I'd use no article if the sentence was "She would like to go somewhere for dinner". And, "an" is out of the question.
    Hi , my friend;
    The rule says we don't use articles before meals.
    The problem ,here,is that someone told me we can put a or an.
    So I wanted someone to explain.
    Thanks

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    Re: a-an

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    Hi , my friend;
    The rule says we don't use articles before meals.
    The problem ,here,is that someone told me we can put a or an.
    So I wanted someone to explain.
    Thanks
    But that someone, as I understand, told you that we put 'a' before it when there is an adjective before the meal's name.
    She would like to go somewhere for a festive dinner given to welcome a guest.

    By the way, I would delete 'given' in this sentence.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: a-an

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    But that someone, as I understand, told you that we put 'a' before it when there is an adjective before the meal's name.
    She would like to go somewhere for a festive dinner given to welcome a guest.

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    ٌRight,I said so.
    I was waiting someone to assure that.And now you assured it.

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    #9

    Re: a-an

    This requires 'a/the dinner' because it's referring to either a specific dinner ('the dinner'), or a specific type of dinner ('a dinner to welcome a guest'). An adjective is not necessary - or you could consider 'to welcome a guest' as an adjectival phrase.
    'given' is optional.

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    Re: a-an

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    This requires 'a/the dinner' because it's referring to either a specific dinner ('the dinner'), or a specific type of dinner ('a dinner to welcome a guest').
    'given' is optional.
    Please explain more with examples.
    Thanks in advance.

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