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    Diner VS Customer

    Well, how would native speakers generally address the customers inside a restaurant? Just customers or diners? Cause I checked a dictionary "diner" refers to a person who has dinner only in a restaurant.

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    Re: Diner VS Customer

    If I were addressing them I would say "Ladies and gentlemen..."

    If you want to know what I would call them, I would say "customers" or "patrons."

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    Re: Diner VS Customer

    so normally when do people use "diner" or it is seldom used by native speakers?

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    Re: Diner VS Customer

    In ordinary speech, it isn't used much- I don't hear it in BrE. It may be more widely used in the industry. I might use it when talking about the capacity of a restaurant, but wouldn't use it otherwise.

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