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    I'm writing an essay and I have some doubts:

    1. in "Movies aesthetic purpose is much stronger than the educational one", do I have to put the -s genitive (Movies' aesthetic purpose...) after movies or can I leave it without it? Why?

    2. is this sentence understandable?
    ...even an uncultivated child could learn something historically wrong from watching it, without a doubt anybody could ever decide to either censor or...

    3. ...a movie should not serve any particular purpose save artistically entertain/ing? its spectators...

    4. can be a movie revered or esteemed/ admired or are these adjectives which could only be referred to human beings?

    5. 'movies mainly are pieces of art' or 'movies are mainly pieces of art'?

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    Default Re: grammar doubts

    Quote Originally Posted by ozma- View Post
    I'm writing an essay and I have some doubts:

    1. in "Movies aesthetic purpose is much stronger than the educational one", do I have to put the -s genitive (Movies' aesthetic purpose...) after movies or can I leave it without it? Why?
    You need to use an apostrophe for the genitive (possessive) case.
    It would sound better as
    "The aesthetic purpose of a movie is more important than its educational purpose".
    Or, "A movie's aesthetic purpose ..."

    2. is this sentence understandable?
    ...even an uncultivated child could learn something historically wrong from watching it, without a doubt anybody could ever decide to either censor or...
    No. You can't join two sentences with a comma in English. What you have here is the end of one sentence and beginning of another.
    "anybody could ever decide" is wrong.


    3. ...a movie should not serve any particular purpose save artistically entertaining its spectators. viewers. (better).

    4. can be a movie revered or esteemed/ admired or are these adjectives which could only be referred to human beings?
    You can admire a movie. The others would sound strange.

    5. 'movies mainly are pieces of art' or 'movies are mainly pieces of art'?
    The second version.
    R.

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