I've heard that an uncountable noun turns to be countable if it's used with a word "special". Is that true?

"I will make you a special dinner."

My dictionary says "dinner" can be both countable and uncountable, but countable "dinner" means the dinner in a party.

Can "dinner" in the sentence above mean the ordinary but great dinner between two people or does it always mean a special meal for a party?

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I would agree that adding "special" can make a non-count noun into a count noun, but it isn't the only way that can happen.

For example:

A: I was just about to make something. Have you had dinner yet?
B: I did eat earlier, but I can have two dinners today!

A's "dinner" is a non-count noun, but by specifically referencing the meals which they had and will eat, B turned their "dinner" into a count noun.

  • Wow, that's interesting! Can I ask you further? Is there any case where non-count noun remains uncountable after "special"? If so, could you tell me how you distinguish their article in usage?
    – Nigutumok
    Dec 9, 2021 at 3:10
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    I want you to take special care of this fragile glassware. That is, to be especially careful when you handle it. Dec 9, 2021 at 9:31
  • @KateBunting Oh! I think I understand a little further about "special" and articles. Maybe I should read more English and find many examples to understand it. Thank you!
    – Nigutumok
    Dec 10, 2021 at 0:40

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