Invitation Wording - at [a/the] Welcome Dinner

PC.Cheung

Member
Chinese
I am preparing an invitation on behalf of my boss. Shall I put "a" or "the" in front of the Welcome Dinner?

requests the pleasure of your company at ___ Welcome Dinner for Executive Committee Members on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at 6:30 pm at the InterContinental HK

Thanks
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Funny, I put a note on my answer saying that "a welcome dinner" wouldn't bother me at all (before deleting it). I might even use it if I were asked on a different day of the week, and you may be right about its being more common. ;)
     

    JamesM

    Senior Member
    To me, "a" makes more sense. You have no way of eliminating any other Welcome Dinner for the same guests. It follows the same logic as "You are invited to a party" or "You are invited to a celebration of Harold and Maude's 25th wedding anniversary", in my mind. It is one celebration but not necessarily the only one. (I would use "the" with a wedding, since presumably there will be only one for this couple. :) )
     
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