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    prepostion

    I am going for movies tonight.
    I am going for a movie tonight.
    I am going to a movie tonight.

    Which of these is correct?

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    Re: prepostion

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    I am going to a movie tonight.

    If you mean you are going to the cinema to watch a movie, this is the correct version.

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    Re: prepostion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    If you mean you are going to the cinema to watch a movie, this is the correct version.
    "If you mean you are going to the cinema to watch a movie, this is the correct version." Yes I meet this. Thank You.

    Are the other two sentences grammatically incorrect?

    If not,then in which context should they be used?

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    Re: prepostion

    They sound very awkward. You might just about see them if someone said:

    "I'm going to Blockbuster for a movie". (Blockbuster is a large chain of video/DVD rental shops.)

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    Re: prepostion

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    I am going for movies tonight.
    1.I am going for a movie tonight.
    2.I am going to a movie tonight.

    Which of these is correct?
    I heard in some American movie "We're going over for movies tonight with friends." to denote that they were going to the movies. So is it in AmE that they use "sentence 1." to say that they are going to a movie?

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    Re: prepostion

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    I heard in some American movie "We're going over for movies tonight with friends." to denote that they were going to the movies. So is it in AmE that they use "sentence 1." to say that they are going to a movie?
    "We're going over for movies tonight with friends." This suggests to me that they were going to their friends house to watch films (movies) on DVD.

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    Re: prepostion

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "We're going over for movies tonight with friends." This suggests to me that they were going to their friends house to watch films (movies) on DVD.
    Okay, so that means when you go to the cinema to watch a film you say."I'm going to a movie."
    or is it more appropriate to say "I'm going to the cinema."?

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    Re: prepostion

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    is it more appropriate to say "I'm going to the cinema."?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I am 99.99% sure that most Americans would NOT say that.

    In fact, if a (young) male in certain neighborhoods in large cities spoke like that, he would be greeted with laughter and maybe

    even physical violence. For some people, "cinema" is a rather "sissy" word in ordinary conversation among the common people.

    I should guess (I do not know) that "cinema" is a fine word among the better educated, as those in New York City's intellectual circles.

    But if you come to the United States, it might be a good idea to avoid the word "cinema," if you can. Just use the good old American

    word "movies." (P.S. Also remember that Americans refer to the building as the "theater," not the "cinema": Because of the long line

    of people outside the theater, I decided to go home.)

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    Re: prepostion

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I am 99.99% sure that most Americans would NOT say that.

    In fact, if a (young) male in certain neighborhoods in large cities spoke like that, he would be greeted with laughter and maybe

    even physical violence. For some people, "cinema" is a rather "sissy" word in ordinary conversation among the common people.

    I should guess (I do not know) that "cinema" is a fine word among the better educated, as those in New York City's intellectual circles.

    But if you come to the United States, it might be a good idea to avoid the word "cinema," if you can. Just use the good old American

    word "movies." (P.S. Also remember that Americans refer to the building as the "theater," not the "cinema": Because of the long line

    of people outside the theater, I decided to go home.)
    So you'll say: "I'm going to the movies tonight."?
    or
    Can one also say:"I'm going for movies tonight?"

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    Re: prepostion

    In the US, you'd say "We're going to the movies tonight" or "We're going to see a movie tonight."

    It doens't matter that you'll watch only one movie, you still just say "the movies."

    Do not use "for."
    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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