In what context at all would "the dinner was wonderful" be obligatory?Probably not in every context, and with every meal, but in this context, it sounds natural to omit the article. I don't want to create a 'rule'.
Yes, but in the OP it was a specific dinner too, yet zero article is better there, right? So I'd just like to know when it's better to use THE in the phrase "dinner was wonderful", and when it is not... Does my suggestion in #5 work...?If we are talking about a specific dinner, the is fine.
Thank you! I take it as if there is no need to specify which dinner is talked about, the article could be omitted. (if an hour later you say "dinned was wonderful" it's be clear what dinner is meant. But if you say the phrase two weeks later...)Two guests are discussing the hotel after dinner an hour before.
I realy like this hotel. The dinner was wonderful.
I really like this hotel. Dinner was wonderful.
The meal was wonderful.
Meal was wonderful.