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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.
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.
Can I ask why "go to see a movie" isn't good?
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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.")
Thanks for all of your clarifications.
the movies [pl.] = the cinema (2): Let痴 go to the movies.Do I misunderstand what yout meant?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.
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!