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    movie or film?

    Hi!
    Can anyone please tell me the difference between movie and film? Do both words mean the same or are they used in different contexts? Are they equally used in British and American English or is there a difference? And the verb you use with both is see, right? You go to the cinema to see a film, or to watch a film? I must confess sometimes I get a bit confused, and then I have some trouble when it comes to use the correct word when I'm teaching . Could you please explain?

    Thanks a lot!!
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    Seagull

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    Re: movie or film?

    I believe AmE uses just 'movie'; BE uses both interchangeably. The word 'movie' is more recent, so trendy and popular with young people; 'movie' also tended to be used (regardless of fashion) by critics/students of film.

    Some collocations are more likely with one word than the other; Google's not working for me at the moment, but I imagine, in UK pages, 'movie buff' is more common than 'film buff', and 'that movie-going public" is more common than 'film-going public'; but I'm not aware of any difference in semantics.

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    This interchangeability is quite recent. Within my life-time, 'movie' was much the less common of the two; in the 1950s people would go to see a film, or even a 'flick'.
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    Hi, BobK!

    Thanks for answering. Sometimes I'm afraid my questions seem so silly that nobody is going to answer them!You have to understand that for non-native English teachers (and speakers)many questions are aroused (can you use this verb here?!) in class, and you really have to look for an answer.Now, that I've met you all in this Forum, I think this is the best place to look for it and I'm really happy I'm a member!! Thanks for it!!

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    Re: Movie or film?

    You're welcome Seagull.

    'aroused' is an unusual word in that context, though I wouldn't say it was unacceptable. Perhaps 'raised' would be better; or 'questions crop up in class'.


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