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I've googled go for a movie and I think that it is as same as go to a movie but it is less used. What is the difference in these two?

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Go has different meanings.

(1) Go to a movie.

Definition 2: to move or travel, especially with someone else, to a particular place or in order to be present at an event

The idea of travel is included.

Other verbs-of-motion can be substituted:

walk to a movie; swim to a movie; run to a movie; roller skate to a movie; hop on one leg to a movie; crawl to a movie.

(2) Go for a movie.

Idiom: to choose to attend something

How about going for a movie? equals How about choosing to attend a movie?

(Note: this does not mean How about choosing a particular movie to attend.)

How about going for a fashion show? equals How about choosing to attend (go to) a fashion show?

Other verbs-of-motion may not be substituted:

*walk for a movie; *swim for a movie; *crawl for a movie

From The Great Gatsby:

Jordan suggests they go for a movie as Daisy signals them to pull alongside the coupé. She asks where they should go and Jordan again suggests the movies.

go for a movie = choose to go to a movie, instead of something esle


This is also not the same usage as such common phrases as:

go for a drive; go for a walk; go for a drink; go for a swim

While you can change them to:

go driving; go walking; go drinking; go swimming

but you can't really say

go movieing

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  • "Do a movie" means "play in a movie"? "Going for a fashion show" means "presenting oneself in a fashion show"?
    – Kinzle B
    Jul 12, 2014 at 13:56
  • "do a movie" means "go to a movie." (This is a use of do that you might not be familiar with, so I will edit my answer.) Let's do a movie! Let's go to a movie! going for a fashion show means choosing to go to (attend) a fashion show. In this example, fashion show is parallel to movie in go for a movie.
    – user6951
    Jul 12, 2014 at 14:57
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I'd like to discuss another possible context that hasn't been mentioned. "Go to a movie" is so much more popular because it is the standard way of saying you are seeing a movie.

For example, "I'm going to (go see) a movie tonight." You would never say "I'm going for a movie tonight."

So, when and why do we use "Go for a movie"? There's a phrase in English to express a desire for something: "I could go for X."

For example:

"I could really go for an ice cream right now." or "I could go for a nap."

This means, X sounds really good to me right now.

I would imagine "Go for a movie" being used in the following context:

"What do you want to do tonight?"

"I could go for a movie."

This is actually the only situation in which I can imagine using "Go for a movie." Another answer mentions the question "How about going for a movie?" I don't think this is wrong, but I've never heard before.

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I would rather avoid saying "go for a movie" if you are suggesting to someone let's "watch a movie".

But when asked where are you heading off to, to say I am "going to a movie" is appropriate. It infers I am heading to watch a movie.

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