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    Make the breakfast/dinner

    Hello.

    In British English do you use the definite article before breakfast/dinner/lunch/supper only when you are talking about something specific?

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    Re: Make the breakfast/dinner

    Yes.

    Not just British English but all varieties.

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    #3

    Re: Make the breakfast/dinner

    Why does my textbook English File list it in the ''daily activities'' section wihout saying that it's a specific breakfast?

    Someone else asked this question about the book on this forum. https://forum.wordreference.com/thre...inner.1223704/
    It is mentioned in the post #5

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    Re: Make the breakfast/dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Why does my textbook English File list it in the ''daily activities'' section wihout saying that it's a specific breakfast?
    I don't want to guess. Plus, I'd need to have a look at that page to do so.

    If you use the, you're referring specifically to exactly which dinner you mean. If you're talking generally, don't use the article.

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    #5

    Re: Make the breakfast/dinner

    I don't know why your textbook says that. In American English, the definite article is used only in the rare case where you're discussing a specific dinner.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Make the breakfast/dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I don't want to guess. Plus, I'd need to have a look at that page to do so.

    If you use the, you're referring specifically to exactly which dinner you mean. If you're talking generally, don't use the article.
    Yes. For example, (A) What did you have for breakfast this morning?" (B) I usually have cereal for breakfast.
    (A) I heard that you are having a dinner for Rachel's birthday. (B) Yes, I am making something special for the dinner.

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    Re: Make the breakfast/dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I don't know why your textbook says that. In American English, the definite article is used only in the rare case where you're discussing a specific dinner.
    It's no different in British English.


    (That's not to say that there definitely aren't some people who might use the in a non-specific way, but I'd count this as odd. Certainly not worth teaching.)

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