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    What is the mood about dinner?

    There's a short article, all the verb tenses of which is in the past, and it's about something special happening at the meal time. And here's a question about the reading.
    - What is the mood about dinner? (A)happy (B)sad (C)nervous (D)painful

    Is the sentence in red odd and incorrect? I don't think so. I think it should be changed into -- What is/was the mood of THE dinner? Am I right? And I guess the mood here means the atmosphere on dinner, not people's emotion, right? Besides, I'm not sure I should use "is" or "was" in this sentence. I know that the dinner happened in the past, so I need to use "was". But this sentence is just a question which asks readers right NOW, so maybe "is" is also correct.

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    Re: What is the mood about dinner?

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    There's a short article , all the verb tenses most of which is in the past tense, and it's about something special happening at the meal time. And here's a question about the reading.
    - What is the mood about dinner? (A)happy (B)sad (C)nervous (D)painful

    Is the sentence in red odd and or incorrect? I don't think so. I think it should be changed into -- What is/was the mood of THE dinner? Am I right? And I guess the mood here means the atmosphere, on dinner, not people's emotions, right? Besides, I'm not sure whether I should use "is" or "was" in this sentence. I know that the dinner happened in the past, so I need to use "was". But this sentence is just a question which asks readers right now, NOW, so maybe "is" is also correct.

    Thank you!
    Say,
    What was the mood at dinner? [Everyday meal- ordinary dinner at home]
    or
    What was the mood at the dinner? [Special occasion- dinner at a restaurant]

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    Re: What is the mood about dinner?

    "What is the mood about dinner?" is a very odd question. If you hadn't explained that it comes after an article about a special meal which has already happened, I would have assumed that it was asking about the mood (emotion) of the people who are looking forward to this special meal.

    Would you be able to post the short article for us to read?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is the mood about dinner?

    As you have given it, it doesn't sound right to me, though it is possible that it refers to something specific in the text.

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    Re: What is the mood about dinner?

    OK! The following is that short article.

    "Meal Time!" my mother shouted. When I heard this, I washed my hands right away and we were ready to eat our meal.

    I took a look at the dishes on the table. Oh! They were my mother's best cuisine-broil fish, fried cabbage and lobster. When I ate, I was happy. After eating, my mother brought the oyster soup. Because I had fewer teeth, I was still eating when everybody finished. I felt bored, so when my father left the table, I played "scissors, stone, paper" with my younger brother.

    I felt that the meal that night was delicious, so I thanked my mother earnestly.

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    Re: What is the mood about dinner?

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    They were my mother's best cuisine- broiled fish, fried cabbage and lobster.
    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    After eating, my mother brought the oyster soup.
    Soup is usually served before mains. Don't you agree?

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    Because I had fewer teeth, I was still eating when everybody had finished. I felt bored, so when my father left the table, I played rock-paper-scissors "scissors, stone, paper" with my younger brother.

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    Re: What is the mood about dinner?

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    OK! The following is that short article.

    "Meal Time!" my mother shouted. When I heard this, I washed my hands right away and we were ready to eat our meal.

    I took a look at the dishes on the table. Oh! They were my mother's best cuisine-broil fish, fried cabbage and lobster. When I ate, I was happy. After eating, my mother brought the oyster soup. Because I had fewer teeth, I was still eating when everybody finished. I felt bored, so when my father left the table, I played "scissors, stone, paper" with my younger brother.

    I felt that the meal that night was delicious, so I thanked my mother earnestly.
    If the question is in reference to the passage as part of a test, then "what is the mood about dinner?" should be alright.

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    Re: What is the mood about dinner?

    What is/was the mood of the dinner would work.

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