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The noun "cinema" can be both countable and uncountable.

cinema → uncountable

Meaning: the making and marketing of films and movies

Example sentence: The main forms of cinema include documentary film and narrative film.

cinema → countable

Meaning: a place in which films are shown on a big screen ("movie theater" is more common in American English)

Example sentence: The movie starts at 8 p.m., so let's be at the cinema by 7.45.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "cinema" countable?

a. Do you know much about the history of cinema?

b. Do you know when the first cinema was opened?

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Contributor: Matt Errey