Is there any difference between the noun move and movement in the sense of moving in a physical sense? For example:

Today we are going to learn the vocabulary to do with body movements/moves.

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Movement is physical motion between points in space while move is the act of moving.

According Oxford advanced Learner's Dictionary:
"move" = a change of place or position.
"Movement" = an act of moving your body or part of the body.
As well as, the collocations of movement are "hand/eye movement".

Therefore, movement is more suitable for your example.

  • Yes, but what about body movements, like shruging, head tilting? Why they dont call them body moves? Commented Feb 22, 2020 at 21:00
  • Because the body, as such, does not move. A "body move" would be, for example, in a dance or fight in which the body itself changes its absolute position. The change of position of the head or the shoulders does not move the body's general position. Commented Jun 7, 2020 at 7:27

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