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    So far

    Hello guys,
    Once I created a thread about so far but I have another small question.
    Is it better to use so far for questions, or should we use yet?
    Have you watched this movie so far?
    Have you watched this movie yet?

    I think these two answers should be alright:
    I have watched this movie five times so far.
    I have not watched this movie yet.


    Cheers!

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    Re: So far

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello guys,
    Once I created a thread about so far but I have another small question.
    Is it better to use so far for questions, or should we use yet?
    Have you watched this movie so far?
    Have you watched this movie yet?

    I think these two answers should be alright:
    I have watched this movie five times so far.
    I have not watched this movie yet.


    Cheers!
    Yes, your two answers are perfect, although, I would use "seen" rather than "watched". Your questions could be: "How many times have you seen this movie (so far)?" and "Have you seen this movie yet?"

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    Re: So far

    Thanks, bhaisahab.

    This means generally I can use either so far or yet for questions.
    (Of course not for negative questions like, "Have you not seen this movie yet?" - no so far here.)

    Cheers!

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    Re: So far

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thanks, bhaisahab.

    This means generally I can use either so far or yet for questions.
    (Of course not for negative questions like, "Have you not seen this movie yet?" - no so far here.)

    Cheers!
    I would say that "Haven't you seen this movie yet?!" suggests surprise or incredulity, like "What?!! I can't believe you haven't seen this movie yet!"

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    Re: So far

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, your two answers are perfect, although, I would use "seen" rather than "watched". Your questions could be: "How many times have you seen this movie (so far)?" and "Have you seen this movie yet?"
    Thank you for pointing this out. In AmE (at least in my experience) we tend to "see" a movie at a movie theater. We tend to "watch" a movie (or anything else) on a television. But when using the past tense we tend to use "seen" rather than "watched" in both cases.

    I wonder if it is the same in BrE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Thank you for pointing this out. In AmE (at least in my experience) we tend to "see" a movie at a movie theater. We tend to "watch" a movie (or anything else) on a television. But when using the past tense we tend to use "seen" rather than "watched" in both cases.

    I wonder if it is the same in BrE.
    Hmm, let's see.

    I'm watching a film.
    I watched a lot of TV last night.
    I watched a really interesting TV programme last night.
    Did you watch that terrible programme last week?

    I haven't seen that film yet.
    I saw a really interesting TV programme last night.
    I saw a really interesting TV programme last night. (Yes, I realise this is the same sentence as I used for "watched" but I would use both.)
    I'm going to the cinema later to see that new Tom Cruise film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Hmm, let's see.

    I'm watching a film.
    I watched a lot of TV last night.
    I watched a really interesting TV programme last night.
    Did you watch that terrible programme last week?

    I haven't seen that film yet.
    I saw a really interesting TV programme last night.
    I saw a really interesting TV programme last night. (Yes, I realise this is the same sentence as I used for "watched" but I would use both.)
    I'm going to the cinema later to see that new Tom Cruise film.
    Yes, I agree. They are basically interchangeable in the past tense.

    I believe that in the UK they still haven't debased the word "theater" to include places where movies are seen. Is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Yes, I agree. They are basically interchangeable in the past tense.

    I believe that in the UK they still haven't debased the word "theater" to include places where movies are seen. Is that correct?
    Absolutely not! We go to the "cinema", not the movie house or movie theater (or should I say "theatre"?!)

    In slang terms, we go to "the pictures" or to "the flicks".

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    Do you say "the pictures"? My grandmother was from Poland, and she always called them "the pictures." I wasn't sure if it was generational ("the moving pictures" is what became "the movies," I think?) or a language thing.

    So if I said "I ran into him in the theater" without other context, you'd assume we were seeing a play?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do you say "the pictures"? My grandmother was from Poland, and she always called them "the pictures." I wasn't sure if it was generational ("the moving pictures" is what became "the movies," I think?) or a language thing.

    So if I said "I ran into him in the theater" without other context, you'd assume we were seeing a play?
    I think both "the movies" and "the pictures" came from "moving pictures". I would say it's possibly more common for us to say "I'm going to the pictures" than "I'm going to the cinema". At the very least, it's certainly as common.

    Yes, if you told me you'd run (bumped) into someone at the theatre, then I would take it that you had been seeing a play.

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