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    #1

    Cool dinner

    Hello!

    Which are correct, please?:

    -To cook dinner or to cook the dinner

    -To prepare dinner or to prepare the dinner

    Thank you
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    #2

    Re: dinner

    In my dialect, AmE, they are both idiomatically correct and are used interchangeably.

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    #3

    Re: dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    In my dialect, AmE, they are both idiomatically correct and are used interchangeably.
    Both are used in BrE too.

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    #4

    Re: dinner

    They are not interchangeable for me!

    I need to get home to cook dinner. I would NOT use "the" there unless we had already spoken about a dinner party or something that I had prepare.

    After working in the office all day, I actually like to cook dinner. It's fun and relaxing for me. I would not use "the" there either. I would only use it in something like "I actually like to cook the dinner that my family has been looking forward to all day." (Because I'm such a great cook, I guess.)
    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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    #5

    Re: dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    They are not interchangeable for me!

    I need to get home to cook dinner. I would NOT use "the" there unless we had already spoken about a dinner party or something that I had prepare.

    After working in the office all day, I actually like to cook dinner. It's fun and relaxing for me. I would not use "the" there either. I would only use it in something like "I actually like to cook the dinner that my family has been looking forward to all day." (Because I'm such a great cook, I guess.)
    I would usually say "I'm going to cook the dinner". I wonder if this is another Brit/Am difference? (I do all the cooking in our house, I like it too).

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    #6

    Re: dinner

    Interesting. I would never say that as a stand-alone, no-context statement.

    Maybe you Brits felt bad about not using the "the" when you're in the hospital so it migrated to meal times?
    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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