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If I were talking about a film being made based on a book, would I say "The book came out in film" or "The book came out on film"?
I heard "The film came out in/on DVD" often enough. So "The book came out in/on film" would be ok too?
Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
▪ The movie just came out on DVD.
The phrasal verb "come out" means "to become available : to begin to be produced or sold."
be released on/come out on/be out on DVD
Last edited by sunsunmoon; 01-Jun-2011 at 11:18.
NOT A TEACHER
(1) Yes, prepositions drive many of us crazy.
(2) I agree that "on" would be fine.
(3) If we can say that a book has come out on DVD or video, why
can't we say that it has come out on film?
(4) I did some googling and found some examples that sound fine
to my ears:
When [the book] Witness for the Prosecution came out on film,
it was a huge hit.
When does Wolf Brother come out on film?
Les Miserables was just washed out on film.
There's just so much to the book that I'd love to see on film.
But, "The book came out in film" could be used in limited circumstances?