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I'm learning English now so I need some helps to build on my English.

My question is if I can use the word "see" in "see a movie", because I understand that the correct word to "see a movie or to see tv" is WATCH but I heard some people saying "see a movie" not "watch a movie".

I am so confused really. It's too basic I know but help me please, thanks.

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Watch is similar to look at, but it usually means that we look at something for a period of time, especially something that is changing or moving:

  • We watch television every evening.

  • I like to sit at the window to watch what’s happening in the garden.

Warning:

We use see, not watch, when we talk about being at sports matches or public performances, such as films, theatre and dramas. However, we watch the television:

  • We saw a wonderful new film last night. You’ll have to go and see it while it’s in the cinema.

  • Not: We watched… You’ll have to go and watch

(Cambridge Dictionary)

Watch a Movie vs See a Movie:

  • We watched a movie yesterday. This would imply we watched a movie at home (TV/DVD...)

  • We saw a movie yesterday. This would imply that we did so by going to a movie theater.

  • We can also explicitly say that we went to the movie theater and watched Ice Age.

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    I think both watched and saw can be used for your last example: We went the theater yesterday and saw Wicked. – J.R. Sep 14 '16 at 17:36
  • @J.R. is correct with his example. Also note that you can use "see" when describing a particular show (even if watched at home). "I finally saw the last episode of Breaking Bad" – eques Sep 14 '16 at 17:40
  • @J.R. - I am referring to your comment here. The second and the third sentences say that see and watch can be used in that context. – user5267 Sep 14 '16 at 17:53
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    @xxxxx - Okay, I see that now. I must have gotten confused for some reason. (By the way, I had already upvoted this answer; it's a good one.) – J.R. Sep 14 '16 at 18:04