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I am going for movies tonight.
I am going for a movie tonight.
I am going to a movie tonight.

Which of these is correct?
 

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If you mean you are going to the cinema to watch a movie, this is the correct version.

"If you mean you are going to the cinema to watch a movie, this is the correct version." Yes I meet this. Thank You.

Are the other two sentences grammatically incorrect?

If not,then in which context should they be used?
 

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They sound very awkward. You might just about see them if someone said:

"I'm going to Blockbuster for a movie". (Blockbuster is a large chain of video/DVD rental shops.)
 

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I am going for movies tonight.
1.I am going for a movie tonight.
2.I am going to a movie tonight.

Which of these is correct?
I heard in some American movie "We're going over for movies tonight with friends." to denote that they were going to the movies. So is it in AmE that they use "sentence 1." to say that they are going to a movie?
 

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I heard in some American movie "We're going over for movies tonight with friends." to denote that they were going to the movies. So is it in AmE that they use "sentence 1." to say that they are going to a movie?

"We're going over for movies tonight with friends." This suggests to me that they were going to their friends house to watch films (movies) on DVD.
 

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"We're going over for movies tonight with friends." This suggests to me that they were going to their friends house to watch films (movies) on DVD.
Okay, so that means when you go to the cinema to watch a film you say."I'm going to a movie."
or is it more appropriate to say "I'm going to the cinema."?
 

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is it more appropriate to say "I'm going to the cinema."?

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I am 99.99% sure that most Americans would NOT say that.

In fact, if a (young) male in certain neighborhoods in large cities spoke like that, he would be greeted with laughter and maybe

even physical violence. For some people, "cinema" is a rather "sissy" word in ordinary conversation among the common people.

I should guess (I do not know) that "cinema" is a fine word among the better educated, as those in New York City's intellectual circles.

But if you come to the United States, it might be a good idea to avoid the word "cinema," if you can. Just use the good old American

word "movies." (P.S. Also remember that Americans refer to the building as the "theater," not the "cinema": Because of the long line

of people outside the theater, I decided to go home.)
 

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I am 99.99% sure that most Americans would NOT say that.

In fact, if a (young) male in certain neighborhoods in large cities spoke like that, he would be greeted with laughter and maybe

even physical violence. For some people, "cinema" is a rather "sissy" word in ordinary conversation among the common people.

I should guess (I do not know) that "cinema" is a fine word among the better educated, as those in New York City's intellectual circles.

But if you come to the United States, it might be a good idea to avoid the word "cinema," if you can. Just use the good old American

word "movies." (P.S. Also remember that Americans refer to the building as the "theater," not the "cinema": Because of the long line

of people outside the theater, I decided to go home.)
So you'll say: "I'm going to the movies tonight."?
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Can one also say:"I'm going for movies tonight?"
 

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In the US, you'd say "We're going to the movies tonight" or "We're going to see a movie tonight."

It doens't matter that you'll watch only one movie, you still just say "the movies."

Do not use "for."
 

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In BrE we'd say "I'm going to the cinema".
 

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In BrE we'd say "I'm going to the cinema".
My (elderly) generation still goes to 'the pictures', on the rare occasions that we can afford it.
 
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