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    Extra "the" in "In the evening, my mother and I cooked the dinner"

    My name's Elsie Jackson. I'm eighty-nine years old. I was at school eighty years ago! Every morning I helped my mother. We lived on a farm, and sometimes I milked the cows. I walked eight kilometers to school. School started at eight o'clock. I learned reading, writing and math. And then I walked home with all my brothers and sisters. In the evening, my mother and I cooked the dinner. We didnít watch TV, but we played games.
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    Shouldn't it be:
    In the evening, my mother and I cooked dinner.

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    Re: Extra "the" in "In the evening, my mother and I cooked the dinner"

    In this context it makes no difference.

    Writing 'the dinner' comes more naturally to old people.

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