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    #1

    watch vs see

    I read on a book that watching a movie sounds like watching at home or other places than a movie theater and seeing a movie means seeing at a theater. Then, how about a film? does it work the same way?
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    Re: watch vs see

    You can watch or see a movie anywhere. It makes no difference where you are.

    A movie and a film are the same thing.

    Rover

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    Re: watch vs see

    In American usage, it is more common to say "We're going to the theater to SEE that new movie" and "We're just going to stay home and WATCH some old movies."

    Once you're at the theater, if the person in front of you is too tall, you may have trouble seeing the movie. On the other hand, if the couple next to you is engaged in some heavy-duty hanky-panky, you may be too distracted to watch the movie!
    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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    Re: watch vs see

    I myself got confused with that matter too, thanks to your answers_both Barb_D and the English teacher, i now understand eventhough I had not asked. Very good help !

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    Re: watch vs see : Thank you very much it was a big help

    Thank you all :)

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