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    moving vs touching

    I read the following sentences from a book (Primary Longman Elect).

    "I was moved because the ending of the film was touching. I used up a whole pack of tissues."

    I wonder if it is possible to use moving instead of touching at the end of the first sentence above? Are there any differences?

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    #2

    Re: moving vs touching

    Yes, you can, but you should change the first part of the sentence to avoid saying 'moved' and 'moving' in the same sentence.

    For example 'I was in tears...'/ 'I was weeping buckets...'/'I couldn't stop crying...'

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    #3

    Re: moving vs touching

    To shorten the sentence while retaining the meaning, you could say "I was really moved/touched by the film's ending".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: moving vs touching

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/moving
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/touching_1

    If the above definitions are correct, I think 'moving' is stronger than 'touching'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: moving vs touching

    http://englishhelponline.me/2011/07/...and-impressed/

    Recently one of my students asked me what the difference was between “moved”, “touched” and “impressed”. It seems there is a lot of confusion about these words especially in Japan, so that’s what I’m going to write about today.

    We use the word “moved” to talk about something that affects us emotionally. Things that can move people are books, movies, songs, etc. For example:

    I’m really moved by the new song by Mark Taylor. The lyrics are so beautiful.

    I was really moved by the scene in that movie in which the boy finds his lost dog and hugs him.

    We use the word “touched” to talk about a situation in which a person does something considerate for us without being asked to do it. For example:

    I was really touched when Jerry brought me a cup of tea because I said I had a sore throat. That was really thoughtful of him.
    Julia made me a sweater for my birthday and it took her over six months to make it! I was so touched when she gave it to me!

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    Do you think the above explanations are correct?

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    Re: moving vs touching

    My heart was touched by the lyrics, and my spirit soared with the haunting music, but my bowels were moved by the scary video.

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    #7

    Re: moving vs touching

    Your student's definition of touched/touching is too narrow. Both moving and touching are in the same arena, but, as Matthew wrote, moving is more powerful.

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    #8

    Re: moving vs touching

    That's cute, Ray, but it is a little early in the thread for potentially confusing jokes.

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    #9

    Re: moving vs touching

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your student's definition of touched/touching is too narrow.
    The OP has no students. The definition was written by a teacher who wrote the blog at http://englishhelponline.me/2011/07/...and-impressed/

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That's cute, Ray, but it is a little early in the thread for potentially confusing jokes.
    I, for one, was confused.
    I am not a teacher.

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