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    Question How can I say?

    I wondering if you help me saying My sentence correctly,
    How can I say (for example for a movie) " from the begining of tht movie untill almost less than half of the movie" az a phrase ?

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    Re: How can I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by samangle View Post
    I wondering if you help me saying My sentence correctly,
    How can I say (for example for a movie) " from the begining of tht movie untill almost less than half of the movie" az a phrase ?
    You can't say "until almost less than half". I'm not even sure what you mean. Do you mean "almost halfway"? If the film lasts two hours, do you mean until almost the point at which the film has been on for one hour?

    My immediate suggestion is:

    From the beginning of the movie until almost the halfway point, ...

    That's still not a whole sentence, it would need to be followed by something.

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    Re: How can I say?

    ----- Not an ESL teacher -----

    What about "throughout the first part of the movie ..." or "from the beginning up to (almost) the middle, the movie ... " or "during the first half of the movie ... " or "when it was almost in the middle of the movie ... "?

    These are just some suggestions.

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    Question Re: How can I say?

    actually I don't want to say half of the movie, less than it,
    about 30% of movie is passed,
    I want my sentence to be like this:
    the director tried to introduce the characters [the phrase that I'm looking for].

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    Re: How can I say?

    ----- I am not an ESL teacher -----

    Quote Originally Posted by samangle View Post
    actually I don't want to say half of the movie, less than it,
    about 30% of movie is passed,
    I want my sentence to be like this:
    the director tried to introduce the characters [the phrase that I'm looking for].
    The director tried to introduce the (main) characters by the (end of the) first third part of the movie.
    After about one third of (the) movie elapsing, the director (tried to introduce/introduced) the (main) characters.
    The movie went on through its first third part, then the director ...

    These are just suggestions. Maybe some of them deserve subtle corrections by native speakers.

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    Re: How can I say?

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Quote Originally Posted by samangle View Post
    I was wondering if you could help me say my sentence correctly.
    How can I say (for example for a movie), "From the begining of the movie untill almost less than half of the movie." as a phrase ?
    Since your question has already been answered, I wanted to point out some mistakes...

    Cheers!

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    Re: How can I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by samangle View Post
    actually I don't want to say half of the movie, less than it,
    about 30% of movie is passed,
    I want my sentence to be like this:
    the director tried to introduce the characters [the phrase that I'm looking for].
    The director started to introduce the characters about a third of the way through the film.

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