“Ah, what was the name of that little diner on the corner of 69th and Broadway?”

English Lesson: Ah, what was the name of that little diner on the corner of 69th and Broadway?

You're telling a story about something that happened while you were eating out with a friend. You can't remember the name of the restaurant, so you ask your partner to help you remember.

Ah, what was the name of that little diner on the corner of 69th and Broadway?

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a diner

A "diner" is a specific type of restaurant. Some qualities of a diner include:

  • being open 24 hours or at least until late at night
  • serving breakfast items throughout the day
  • having a 1950s-style decor
  • serving standard American food like hamburgers and French fries

on the corner of (a street name) and (another street name)

To explain where something is in a city, give the names of the "cross streets":

It's on the corner of 25th Avenue and Lexington Street.

This means that the location is at the place where those two streets cross each other.

If you think that the listener knows what streets you're talking about, you can leave off the words "Street", "Avenue", "Road", etc.:

It's on the corner of Main and Duke.

You can also give directions by just saying the street names, without "on the corner of":

It's on 69th and Broadway.

What was the name of that (thing)?

This is a question that you can ask when you've forgotten the name of something:

What was the name of that movie that we saw about the priest who gets stuck in a cave?

What was the name of that bar that we used to go to near campus?

You ask this question to someone who shares the memory with you. In other words, they saw the same movie, went to the same bar, read the same book, etc.


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