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1) What is the time?

2) What the time is it?

3) What is the movie?

4) What the movie is it?

5) What the movie is?

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Not all of the questions are phrased correctly.

1) What is the time?

2) What the time is it?

These both mean the same thing: What is the time now? Number 2 should be "What time is it?", without "the".

3) What is the movie?

4) What the movie is it?

This sounds like you are asking about the movie itself. A better way to phrase it might be, "What movie is it" or "Which movie is it?". This means, "What is the name/title of the movie?". Again, number 4 should not have "the".

5) What the movie is?

This is not a correct sentence. Depending on what you are trying to ask, you can say one of the above if you are asking for the movie name, or "What is the movie about?" if you want to know the general movie subject.

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  • Thanks for your answer. If i want to ask about the meaning of 'movie' in general or the movie with the title 'the'? – Max Mar 14 '17 at 23:54
  • I don't understand what you're asking. Can you rephrase please? – wysiwyg Mar 15 '17 at 1:42
  • What if I want to ask a question about 1) a meaning 'movie' (e.g. What is a movie?) AND 2) about the movie with a title 'The' (e.g. What is 'The' movie) 'The' is a title (name of the movie) – Max Mar 15 '17 at 1:58
  • 1) Correct, you'd say, "What is a movie?". 2) If a movie had a title "The" that I wanted to know more about, I would say, "What is "The" about?" – wysiwyg Mar 15 '17 at 6:22
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2 and 4 are not proper English. Number 1 is correctly asking the time of day, and # number two can be reworded without "the" in the sentence. What time is it?. Number 3 is ok for people whose first language is English cause they would understand that your asking what is the name of the movie. To learn English it is improper because you are really answering the question in the question. -what is the movie? Well the "movie" is "what" . Properly used would be "What is the movie called" or "What is the movie name" Number 5 is also wrong and relates to number three.

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  • What If I want to ask about a definition of 'time' OR a definition (meaning) of 'movie'? – Max Mar 15 '17 at 2:06

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