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    glance through a movie

    Hi, everyone.
    Suppose I want to express that I watched a movie quickly, just jumping from scene to scene to know the movie's main idea. In other words, I didn't watch it at full length. What should I say then?
    I've prepared a number of phrases: glance through/navigate through/jump through/skim/take a quick look through/browse through/dip into/flip through/flick through/scan through/glide through. Many of them apply for reading books/magazines, but I don't know which will suit my need above.
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    Re: glance through a movie

    You could say 'I skipped through it'.

    As the process involves repeated use of the fast forward button on the remote control, I say (informally) 'I whizzed through it'.

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    Re: glance through a movie

    I would use "skipped". Mind you, I can't remember the last time I actually did that. If I've rented or recorded a movie, I either watch it or I don't. If I get a short way into it and I'm not enjoying it, I just turn it off.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: glance through a movie

    I think many of the other listed phrases are rather appropriate -- like browsing, scanning and glancing through the scenes. In reading, we would peruse relevant chapters. With DVDs and Blu-rays these days, you can actually "skim" through scenes rather quickly and even watch in 2X speed (with sound).

    With books, you can "flip" through chapters. I suppose you can also flip through the scenes in a movie.

    I wouldn't use navigate, jump, dip, flick, or glide.


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    Re: glance through a movie

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You could say 'I skipped through it'.
    What about if I want to talk about a TV series, instead of a movie, what should I say then?
    For example, if I say, "I skipped through some episodes," will it be perceived as I dropped some episodes completely?
    By the way, I can still probably use, "For some episodes, I just browsed/scanned/glanced/skimmed/flipped/skipped/whizzed through the scenes." Right?
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    Re: glance through a movie

    There is a possibility that skipping through chapters in a DVD would mean not seeing the content. You can actually use all of the listed verbs. It's just that some are more common than others, and some are better than others for certain situations.


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