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    Default "Play" or "on"?

    Hi. I know that we say "That program is on TV tonight". But what about theatres or cinemas? Do we use that same grammatical structure in English for the two latter items? Or can we use the verb "play" in this situation? For example. is it correct in English to say: "That program is played in X cinema tonight"? THANKS.

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    Question How to use"if -clause"

    could you tell me how to use"if-clause"? how many patterns of them? I am very confuse with that. Thank you for your help.

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    Default if clause

    Hey limamanis,
    I asked a question about the verb "play", but you posed another question instead of replying mine. Anyhow, they have 3 main patterns for using "if" in English.
    1. if + present simple, --> simple future
      (If you study hard, you will pass the test.) [Nothing has happened yet; everything is up to you now. So decide for your future.]
    2. if + simple past, --> "would" + base form of the verb
      (If you were a millionnaire, you would go to Miami.) [you are not a millionnaire now. It is an unreal condition.]
    3. if + past perfect, --> "would have" + past participle
      (If you had studied hard, you would have passed the test.) [You did not study before, so you did noy pass it in the past.]


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    Default Re: "Play" or "on"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Khorrami View Post
    Hi. I know that we say "That program is on TV tonight". But what about theatres or cinemas? Do we use that same grammatical structure in English for the two latter items? Or can we use the verb "play" in this situation? For example. is it correct in English to say: "That program is played in X cinema tonight"? THANKS.
    In AmE, we say "That movie is playing at the theater tonight."

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    Default Re: "Play" or "on"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In AmE, we say "That movie is playing at the theater tonight."
    And in BE we say "That film is showing at the cinema tonight." We also sometimes say a film is being screened. A play is either playing or running.

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    Default Re: "Play" or "on"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    We also sometimes say
    Why didn't you say "We sometimes also say..."?

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    Default Re: "Play" or "on"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Why didn't you say "We sometimes also say..."?
    Because that was the order the words came out . Reflecting on it, I guess I initially meant to write "We also say", and it wasn't until I'd typed "also" that I thought of adding "sometimes". With a bit of extra effort, I could have moved the cursor back (and then forwards), but the order wasn't (isn't) sensitive enough for me to bother.

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    Default Re: "Play" or "on"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Because that was the order the words came out . Reflecting on it, I guess I initially meant to write "We also say", and it wasn't until I'd typed "also" that I thought of adding "sometimes". With a bit of extra effort, I could have moved the cursor back (and then forwards), but the order wasn't (isn't) sensitive enough for me to bother.
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    For me, I think about "sometimes" and then "also", unless there is another person who also does something and that "something" is something that I also do.
    Last edited by dihen; 30-Oct-2006 at 15:38.

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