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    go to a movie/ go to movies

    Hello, teachers:
    I am wondering if I can say "go to a movie" .

    I want to go to movies with Mary.

    Can I also say:
    I want to go to a movie with Mary.

    Is it the same meaning?
    Thanks for your clarification.

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    Re: go to a movie/ go to movies

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hello, teachers:
    I am wondering if I can say "go to a movie" .

    I want to go to the movies with Mary.

    Can I also say:
    I want to go to a movie with Mary.

    Is it the same meaning?
    Thanks for your clarification.
    Going to a movie is just like saying going to a match, in order to see it.


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    Re: go to a movie/ go to movies

    Hello.

    I think you should say "go to see a movie" instead of "go to a movie".

    movie noun (especially NAmE)
    1 [C] a series of moving pictures recorded with sound that tells a story, shown at the cinema/movie theater film: to make a horror movie Have you seen the latest Tarantino movie? a famous movie director / star
    2 the movies [pl.] = the cinema (2): Let’s go to the movies.
    3 the movies [pl.] = cinema (3): I’ve always wanted to work in the movies.

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    Cool Re: go to a movie/ go to movies

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    I think you should say "go to see a movie" instead of "go to a movie".
    You don't usually say that you want to go to see a match/concert/movie, do you? The verb see is obvious and taken for granted.


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    Re: go to a movie/ go to movies

    Can I ask why "go to see a movie" isn't good?

    Harry A. Blackmun: the outsider justice - Google ブック検索
    The desperately poor almost never go to see a movie, which the majority seems to believe is an almost weekly activity. They have more important things to do ...

    Weekly World News - Google ブック検索
    Then every Critics Association from Los Angeles to New York weighs in with their awards, making us feel like cheap thrill-seekers if we go to see a movie ...

    Hollywood in wide angle: how ... - Google ブック検索
    You're told, "Nobody would go to see a movie about grief, or sacrifice." But they do. Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic of the Chicago Review, ...

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    Cool Re: go to a movie/ go to movies

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Can I ask why "go to see a movie" isn't good?

    Harry A. Blackmun: the outsider justice - Google ブック検索
    The desperately poor almost never go to see a movie, which the majority seems to believe is an almost weekly activity. They have more important things to do ...

    Weekly World News - Google ブック検索
    Then every Critics Association from Los Angeles to New York weighs in with their awards, making us feel like cheap thrill-seekers if we go to see a movie ...

    Hollywood in wide angle: how ... - Google ブック検索
    You're told, "Nobody would go to see a movie about grief, or sacrifice." But they do. Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic of the Chicago Review, ...
    I am not saying that it is no good to say go to see a movie. My point is that the verb see is somewhat redundant in such a case.

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    Re: go to a movie/ go to movies

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I am not saying that it is no good to say go to see a movie. My point is that the verb see is somewhat redundant in such a case.

    I agree with you, engee. It's like saying 'Let's go out to have a meal/ a pizza'. Redundand and unnatural. '
    Let's go out for a meal/ a pizza' is what people say.

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    Re: go to a movie/ go to movies

    As I see it, the only difference between "go to a movie" and "go to the movies" is that in the first, you may have a specific movie in mind, but in the second, you just want to go out on a date with her.

    There's really no major difference.

    (And good analogy - you wouldn't say "I'd like to take Mary out to eat a nice dinner." You'd say "I'd like to take Mary out for a nice dinner.")

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    Re: go to a movie/ go to movies

    Thanks for all of your clarifications.
    the movies [pl.] = the cinema (2): Let痴 go to the movies.
    As I see it, the only difference between "go to a movie" and "go to the movies" is that in the first, you may have a specific movie in mind, but in the second, you just want to go out on a date with her.
    Do I misunderstand what yout meant?
    I am wondering if "go to the movies" means not specific film and it is equivalent to "cinema/theater" to native speakers' ear.

    May I have your verification?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: go to a movie/ go to movies

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Thanks for all of your clarifications.


    Do I misunderstand what yout meant?
    I am wondering if "go to the movies" means not specific film and it is equivalent to "cinema/theater" to native speakers' ear.

    May I have your verification?
    Thanks a lot!
    Yes, in British English we would say 'go to the cinema' if we were not specifying a particular film.

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