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    To a lot of teenagers, seeing a movie is a good pastime.


    I wonder if I could say "a good amusement/entertainment" in lieu of "a good pastime" without making any changes in meaning. Thanks.

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    Default Re: pastime/amusement/entertainment

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    To a lot of teenagers, seeing a movie is a good pastime.


    I wonder if I could say "a good amusement/entertainment" in lieu of "a good pastime" without making any changes in meaning. Thanks.
    This is a fine substitution (note: the lack of an article here)
    To a lot of teenagers, seeing a movie is good entertainment.

    But substituting amusement here, while grammatically correct, seems awkward to say and probably would not be used very often.
    To a lot of teenagers, seeing a movie is an amusement.

    Your original sentence is a good one.


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    Smile Re: pastime/amusement/entertainment

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    This is a fine substitution (note: the lack of an article here)
    To a lot of teenagers, seeing a movie is good entertainment.

    But substituting amusement here, while grammatically correct, seems awkward to say and probably would not be used very often.
    To a lot of teenagers, seeing a movie is an amusement.

    Your original sentence is a good one.

    Thanks. Naamplao.
    Do you mean that "entertainment" is an uncountable noun?
    Besides, I still don't see why this sentense doesn't sound good--To a lot of teenagers, seeing a movie is a good amusement.

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    Default Re: pastime/amusement/entertainment

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks. Naamplao.
    Do you mean that "entertainment" is an uncountable noun?
    Besides, I still don't see why this sentence doesn't sound good--To a lot of teenagers, seeing a movie is a good amusement.
    I suppose it sounds awkward because in Canada we don't really consider the movies as an amusement. So we would never use amusement in this way.

    I don't really know why - To a lot of teenagers, seeing a movie is good entertainment. - does not have an article before good entertainment, other than to say it doesn't sound right to me. Sorry to give you such a poor explanation.

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    Default Re: pastime/amusement/entertainment

    Thank you, Naamplao.

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