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"Я ходила у кінотеатр з сусідом."

Translation:I went to a movie theater with a neighbor.

November 1, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bartfeenstra

American English uses "theater" for "movie theater" as well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sagitta145

Really?.. I'm not a native speaker but just logically "I'm going to the theater" does sound like going to the actual theater... Or is it like young people don't go to theaters anymore so it's obvious that it's a movie theater and not a theater theater :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bartfeenstra

It depends a little on the context, but I've heard many people say that. It's a bit colloquial, though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sagitta145

Interesting, good to know, thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greg.mort

I don't think I ever heard people refer to movie theater simply as "theater", at least where I lived in the the coastal states... Might be some rare regional thing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sagitta145

Well, different regions, different habits. Say, in Ukrainian we always drop the "theatre" part actually, we say just "Я ходила в кіно", I can't remember last time I actually said the full word "кінотеатр" :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElHeim

According to the COCA, "theater" meaning "cinema" accounts to ~80% of the use in the USA, so... not so rare!

I have been living in the USA only for a handful of months now, and I'm not a native speaker of English, but I have been aware of this use for many years.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElHeim

Well, it comes from movie theater of course, and I can imagine it's more common for some older generation, but it was just "to the theater" - I can't imagine Americans saying "movie theater" all the time, when they have the tendency to shorten all the words as much as possible!

Lately I only read "to the movies", as you wrote :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greg.mort

Is it possible that they count "theater" from the the phrase "movie theater"?

Or maybe I just don't go to the movies often enough :)

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