What is the diffrerence between film, cinema and movie? I think they all mean the same. Please help me with their usage( if any).

asked Aug 28 '13 at 09:05 Scarlet Darwin Contributor

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All three terms refer to motion pictures.

There are some regional preferences with cinema, which can refer to a motion picture as 'a cinema', the industry, 'he works in cinema', or a night out, 'we're going to the cinema'.  'Cinema' is not as common in the US.

'Movies' is generic term. We saw a movie. He works in the movies.

People will refer to a better than average movie as a film.

link answered Aug 28 '13 at 20:03 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thank you so much.

Scarlet DarwinAug 29 '13 at 14:12

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