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    dinner

    What's the difference between instant dinners and TV dinners?

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    Re: dinner

    I haven't heard "instant dinners." "TV dinner" is an older phrase, but still recognizable to me. Maybe not to the kids today.

    I would tend to call them "frozen dinners." You pop them in the microwave for a few minutes, and you're good to go.

    "Instant" tends to be used only for things like a quick soup that you "just add hot water" to. Or "instant rice" that is ready in 5 minutes instead of 20.

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    Re: dinner

    Could the "instant dinner" definition be extended to a meal where each guest has to do the cooking or assemble a meal with elements placed on the table, as with fondue?

    I'm very curious about this.

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    Re: dinner

    That sounds like a lot of work! Instant involves very few steps.

    Boil water.
    Throw in rice.
    Wait 5 mintues.

    Open cup.
    Pour in water.
    Microwave for 3 minutes.

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    Re: dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Could the "instant dinner" definition be extended to a meal where each guest has to do the cooking or assemble a meal with elements placed on the table, as with fondue?

    I'm very curious about this.
    No, sorry.
    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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