go to movies or go to the movies

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Most text book says "go to the movies" to mean "go to watch movies". But some articles from the internet says "go to movies" instead. Is it correct in grammar or a mistake of author?

movies asked Dec 12 '13 at 11:10 Kwang Seop Eom New member

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Without the context of the phrase, I can't tell whether it was used correctly or not. Both phrases have correct usages, depending on the context.

 

Do you want to go to the movies?

Here, the article is used because it is a specific reference. Perhaps the one to go to hasn't been selected yet, but you are speaking of a specific time and place.

 

Do you go to movies often?

This is a more general reference, and no article is required.  You could insert the article, and it would still be correct, however. Do you go to the movies often?

 

When in doubt, use the article, and you should be fine.

link comment answered Dec 12 '13 at 13:34 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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