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    play and its meanings

    If I knew the movie was going to be popular, would it work to say "It's going to be playing to packed movie theaters"?
    Last edited by ostap77; 27-Jul-2012 at 12:22. Reason: redundant punctuation mark

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    Re: play and its meanings

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    If I knew the movie was going to be popular, would it work to say "It's going to be playing to packed movie theaters"?

    In AmE, yes. In BrE, no (although of course we would understand the meaning). Note that you don't put the full stop inside the quotation marks when there is a question mark at the end of the full question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: play and its meanings

    Could I say "He played in many movies" and "He played many movies" for "He acted in many movies"?

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    Re: play and its meanings

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    Could I say "He played in many movies" and "He played many movies" for "He acted in many movies"?
    Not really, no. "He acted in many movies" or simply "He was in many movies".
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    Re: play and its meanings

    So there would need to be a role to use verb "play" as in "He played a detective in his recent movie"?

    What about this question "How many movies has Denzel Washington played in"?

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    Re: play and its meanings

    Your example of "He played a detective" is correct but it doesn't work without the role. We don't usually say "He played in a movie". If someone said that to me, I would say "What did he play?" to which the answer would be something like "Oh, he played a detective".

    He acted in a movie.
    He played a ballet dancer in a movie.
    They are in a movie which comes out next year.
    They are playing assassins in a movie which comes out next year.
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    Re: play and its meanings

    I can't figure out the meaning of the phrasal verb "play to". Would it mean something like "make use of" or "based on" ? Could I say "A Dan Curtis production plays to events of World War 2"?
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    Re: play and its meanings

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    I can't figure out the meaning of the phrasal verb "play to". Would it mean something like "make use of" or "based on" ? could I say "A Dan Curtis production plays to events of World War 2"?
    The only uses I can think of for "play to" are "to play to a crowd" and "play to your strengths". I'm not sure I would describe that as a phrasal verb.
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    Re: play and its meanings

    How would you interpret the meaning of it?

    1)"That does play to the angst of a lot of Americans who showed up at the polls in Massachusetts."

    What would it mean in this sentence?

    2)"The near-daily demonization of the insurance industry is an attempt by the White House to play to Americans anxieties about the health-care system -- and about the prospect of changing it." The author would be saying that the White House is going to use anxieties of American people?
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    Re: play and its meanings

    I understand play to in these two examples as "aim at or tune to ".
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