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    ademoglu is offline Senior Member
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    the movie Harry Potter vs the Harry Potter movie

    Hi,

    1- Have you ever seen the movie, 'Harry Potter'?
    2- Have you ever seen the 'Harry Potter' movie?

    I cannot decide where to put the word 'movie.' I assume the first one is OK but cannot make sure of the second one.

    Thanks.

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    Re: the movie Harry Potter vs the Harry Potter movie

    There are several Harry Potter movies, so that's not a good example.

    'Have you ever seen the movie Where Eagles Dare?'

    'Have you ever seen any of the Harry Potter movies?'

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    Re: the movie Harry Potter vs the Harry Potter movie

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    1- Have you ever seen the movie, 'Harry Potter'?
    2- Have you ever seen the 'Harry Potter' movie?

    I cannot decide where to put the word 'movie.' I assume the first one is OK but cannot make sure of the second one.
    They would both be OK if spoken by someone during the time that there was only one Harry Potter movie and if that movie's title were Harry Potter.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: the movie Harry Potter vs the Harry Potter movie

    I don't agree with Goes on this one.

    If there is only one movie by that title, you usually do not add "movie" after it.

    Have you see "It"? Have you seen the movie "It"? Did you ever get to see the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" when it was showing for free on Netflix last month? Have you ever seen "Breakfast at Tiffany's"?

    If there are more than one, then the "one of/ any of the X movies" is used.
    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: the movie Harry Potter vs the Harry Potter movie

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If there is only one movie by that title, you usually do not add "movie" after it.
    I almost added something to my post explaining why I thought that was OK in this instance. Harry Potter was already known as a category by the time the first Harry Potter movie came out. If that film's name had been Harry Potter, either sentence would have been correct.

    There's a handy parallel case where this works: the first Star Wars movie was the movie Star Wars.
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    Re: the movie Harry Potter vs the Harry Potter movie

    If something is both a movie and a TV series, it could be used.

    Have you seen The Stand, the movie (not the TV series)?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the movie Harry Potter vs the Harry Potter movie

    I agree (I was originally thinking popular book and "saw" made it clear, but TV series and movies both use "saw" so it's easier to not be sure which is meant without clarification.)

    And of course if you're modifying...

    Have you seen the newest Star Wars movie?
    Have you seen the original Parent Trap movie?
    Have you seen the first Harry Potter 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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