This is one of those sentences where we just skip it. Same as when going out to eat: vi gick på restaurang.
There's no real explanation, it's just the way it is as far as I know.
Without article the sentence has a general meaning - the phrase is "gick på bio", when talking about the 'activity' /went to watch a movie/. With article you are talking about a specific movie or movie theater, and then you can use "gick till bion" (e.g. the one we had talked about, a specific title or theatre).
Well, I don't know if there is any difference between "watched a movie" and "went to a movie" in English (except for the use of different verbs). But in Swedish it would be: tittade på en film (watching a film = anywhere, maybe at home) versus åkte till en bio, the latter implying the movie-theatre in itself,
Same differrence in English. The first thing that pops into my head when I hear went to a movie is went to the theater.
Why is "We walked to the cinema" not accepted here? I recently read a lot of discussion about åkte and gick and why gick wasn't an acceptable answer, because it would mean "walked". So, I thought I'd try "walked" out here... and it's not accepted?
Thank you. I read her comment, but didn't think it would apply to my question. It makes sense now, though.
Yes, you can read what I wrote above, but also - you are stressing 'how' you got to the movie, you 'walked', in Swedish we then change the preposition "gick TILL". 'Gå PÅ bio' is a general activity you can reach as well by bus, subway or car. Otherwise you would be up on the roof of the movietheatre.
Thank you! So if I understand you correctly, this sentence could theoretically be translated as "We walked on the cinema", but that's a bit far fetched? (but might actually make sense in certain situations)
Exactly ! :-) BUT, there is always a 'but', we would need to write 'bion' - definite form - since it is a specific building we are walking on top of.
"We walked to the cinema" should be right aswell since gå translates primalily to 'to walk' whereas åka translates to 'to go'
So i get "the" missing in general statements like went to movie or went to restaurant. Would leaving out "the" be acceptable in any situation. Went to hospital, went to store etc, etc.