# I watched only half movie. I couldn't watch full movie.

#### tufguy

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I watched only half movie. I couldn't watch full movie. I was 2 hours 20 minutes long so I watched it until 1 hour 10 minutes only.

Please check my sentences.

#### Tdol

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The first needs tidying up, the second sentence is unnecessary, and the third need proofreading. If you tidy up the third, you can get rid of the first two.

#### tufguy

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The first needs tidying up, the second sentence is unnecessary, and the third need proofreading. If you tidy up the third, you can get rid of the first two.

I watched only half of the movie. It was 2 hours 20 minutes long so I watched it until 1 hour 10 minutes only.

#### GoesStation

##### Moderator
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I watched only half of the movie.:tick: It was 2 hours 20 minutes long so I watched it until 1 hour 10 minutes only.:cross:
When you write X so Y, you mean that X caused Y. The length of a movie does not, by itself, cause you to watch only part of it. You might want to write something like I only watched the first half because it was so long. [Note that so​ has a different meaning in my sentence than in yours.]

Write out the numbers: two hours and twenty minutes.

#### tufguy

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When you write X so Y, you mean that X caused Y. The length of a movie does not, by itself, cause you to watch only part of it. You might want to write something like I only watched the first half because it was so long. [Note that so​ has a different meaning in my sentence than in yours.]

Write out the numbers: two hours and twenty minutes.

Is my second sentence totally wrong? Can I say "I watched it until one hour and twenty minutes"?

#### tufguy

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It's unnatural.
No.
GS has given you a natural version. Why are you trying to re-word an unnatural one?

I am wondering what is the proper way of telling the exact time we watched that movie for?

#### emsr2d2

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I am wondering what [STRIKE]is[/STRIKE] the [STRIKE]proper[/STRIKE] correct way of [STRIKE]telling[/STRIKE] saying [STRIKE]the exact time[/STRIKE] exactly how much of the movie we watched ​is. [STRIKE] that movie for?[/STRIKE]

I watched only the first hour and ten minutes.

#### GoesStation

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I watched only the first hour and ten minutes.

Ems, there's a stray verb in your edited version of Tufguy's question.

#### emsr2d2

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If you're referring to the first "is", it is actually struck through. The problem with the way the forum looks is that frequently it's not at all clear when there's a strikethrough of such a short word.

#### GoesStation

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You were quick! I noticed that and deleted my incorrect post about thirty seconds after posting it.

#### emsr2d2

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I've reinstated your deleted post, just because you might well not be the only person who can't see the strikethrough so the posts serve a useful purpose.