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see vs watch a movie at a theatre

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see vs watch a movie at a theatre

Postby tamguatlay » Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:31 am

1. I'm going to see a movie.(at a theatre)

2. I'm going to watch a movie. (at a theatre)

Which is the correct sentence with regard to 'see' and 'watch'?

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Re: see vs watch a movie at a theatre

Postby TheStephen » Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:23 pm

Both are correct and widely in use.
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Re: see vs watch a movie at a theatre

Postby Josef » Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:51 pm

In general I'd agree with TheStephen. The only thing I'd add is that "watch" is rather more active than "see". When you watch something you make a conscious effort to see it. (Like the difference between "listen" and "hear".)

In general, we see a performance in public and watch a performance on TV. So for example:
- We're going to see a movie at the cinema tonight.
- We're going to watch a movie on TV tonight.

Here is a page about Watch versus See versus Look.
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Re: see vs watch a movie at a theatre

Postby tamguatlay » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:28 pm

Thanks, Josef and Stephen.
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