Hi Teachers,

Could you correct this paragraph if necessary?

Julia and her boyfriend are going to the cinema now. They are in a hurry because the film started ten minutes ago. It is one of Charles Kay’s horror films. A friend of Julia saw it a few weeks ago and she told her that the film was very scary. When they finally arrived at the cinema, all the tickets were sold out so, they didn’t see the film that night.

Thanks in advance
More so troubles!

... were sold out, so they didn't ...

A friend of Julia's (double genitive construction) is more idiomatic.

... saw it a few weeks ago, and she ...

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I don't know if "cinema" is correct for British English, which I assume you're using, but it seems plausible even to my American ears.

CJ
Hi Jim,

Thank you for you corrections and help.Emotion: smile

Yes in this manuscript I'm using mostly British English. And yes, 'cinema' is used in British English.

By the way the dictionary says, 'In British English a cinema is a place where people go to watch filmsfor entertainment.

Don't we use the verb 'watch a movie' on TV and 'see a movie' in movie theathers?

Best,

TS
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Hi Jim,
CalifJimA friend of Julia's (double genitive construction) is more idiomatic.
Never though about that, so when we say 'a friend of' and a proper noun after it, we should use the genitive contruction with it.

Best,

TS
Hello Emotion: smile

I think cinema is used correctly here, but I would like to mention a correction in the sentence " When they finally arrived at the cinema, all the tickets were sold out ".

I think you should use past perfect in the second clause, and write " When they finally arrived at the cinema, all the tickets had been sold".

Theodora
Hi Theodora,

Welcome to the Forum and thank you very much for your reply.

It certainly is another option! But to my humble opinion, I don't see much difference between them.

Best,

TS
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Thinking SpainDon't we use the verb 'watch a movie' on TV and 'see a movie' in movie theathers?
That seems reasonable for American usage. Yes.

CJ
Thinking Spainwhen we say 'a friend of' and a proper noun after it, we should use the genitive contruction with it.
Yes. It's called the double genitive because it has both of and 's.

CJ
Hi Jim,

Thank you for both replies.
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