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    Default to the theatre

    a) I am going for a movie.

    b) I am going to the theatre for a movie.


    1) Shall I omit to the theatre on sentence b to make it grammaticaly right?


    2) any other ways in writing to express the same meaning?


    Thank you / ju

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    Default Re: to the theatre

    Hi Ju

    As an NES, but not a teacher:

    a) I would rather have said: "I am going out to watch a movie." "To go for something" tends to suggest something different as in "Go for it!" which means put all your effort into achieving it or "Do it!"

    b) I am going to the cinema to watch a movie.
    A theatre is where you would normally watch "live" entertainment such as a play, whereas movies are normally screened in cinemas.

    Hope this helps
    R21

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    In the US, we go to movie theaters. It would be quiet common to ask something like "Which theater are you going to?" in reference to a movie. (Certainly, if someone said only "I'm going to the theater tonight" the first thought would be live entertainment, but once you're talking about movies, theater is still the right word.)

    I'm going to see a movie.
    We're going to the movies.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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