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    Question dinner vs supper

    How different are the following?

    1. dinner vs supper

    2. grill vs broil

    3. in time vs. on time


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    Re: dinner vs supper

    dinner noun
    1 [U, C] the main meal of the day, eaten either in the middle of the day or in the evening: Itís time for dinner. When do you have dinner? What time do you serve dinner? Letís invite them to dinner tomorrow. What shall we have for dinner tonight? Itís your turn to cook dinner. She didnít eat much dinner. I never eat a big dinner. Christmas dinner a three-course dinner Iíd like to take you out to dinner tonight. (BrE) school dinners (= meals provided at school in the middle of the day)

    2 [C] a large formal social gathering at which dinner is eaten: The clubís annual dinner will be held on 3 June.

    supper noun [U, C] the last meal of the day, either a main meal, usually smaller and less formal than dinner, or a snack eaten before you go to bed: Iíll do my homework after supper. Whatís for supper? Weíll have an early supper tonight.

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    Re: dinner vs supper

    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    grill (COOK)
    verb [T] (US ALSO broil)
    to cook something by direct heat, especially under a very hot surface in a cooker:
    I grilled the sausages.

    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    verb [T]
    US FOR grill (COOK)

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    Re: dinner vs supper

    in time

    a) before the time by which it is necessary for something to be done: Will you be able to finish it in time?
    in time to do something
    They ran all the way to the corner just in time to see the bus disappearing up the street.
    in time for
    The painting was successfully repaired in time for the opening of the exhibition.
    in good time/in plenty of time (=a long time before the necessary time) We arrived at the concert hall in good time.

    b) after a certain period of time, especially after a gradual process of change and development:
    He wants to see changes in the company and I am sure he will, in time.

    on time

    at the correct time or the time that was arranged:
    Jack was worried about whether he'd be able to get there on time.
    right/bang/dead on time (=at exactly the right time)
    The plane arrived right on time.

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    Re: dinner vs supper

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi bluepinky,

    In Europe, broiling is considered virtually synonymous with grilling, but in America, the term "broiling" is usually applied to cooking in an oven, while "grilling" usually denotes the use of an outdoor or indoor grill

    in time = . without being tardy, before a time limit expires, early enough,

    on time = according to schedule or without delay = prompt



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