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Articles and Time 2
We use the and a/an in the usual way when we talk about the morning/
afternoon/evening of a particular day:
- I woke up with a sore throat,and by the evening my voice had disappeared.
- we're going in the afternoon.
- you look upset.'yes,I've had a terrible morning.
However,we use zero article with at night and by night. compare:
- she kept us awake all through the night.
- I don't like driving at night.
We use zero article with midnight,midday, and noon:
- if possible,I'd like it finished by midday.
We usually use zero article when we talk about meals:
- what have we got for dinner?
- I don't like drinking coffee at breakfast.
We wouldn't say,for example,'I had a/the breakfast before I went home'
however,if we want to describe a particular meal,then we can use an article:
- we didn't get up until 10 o'clock and had a late breakfast.
- the dinner we had at Webster's restaurant was marvellous.
When we talk about a formal dinner or lunch for a special occasion,we use 'a dinner' or 'a lunch':
- we're having a dinner to welcome the new manager.
*study these extracts from a newspapers and decide which of them need an article (the or a/an).
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