为什么要说"go to the movies"?

Do you wonder why Americans say “I’m going to the movies” (plural) when they are only going to see one movie? Well, some people think it’s because most movie theaters today have a number of movie screens and several movies show at one time. But, in fact, the word movies existed long before multiscreen movie theaters. Early films were called moving pictures so movies became a kind of nickname (the plural movies corresponds to the plural pictures). Films were later called motion pictures, but the name movies stuck, and we still have it today.

这段解释适合小学/初中英语老师讲给小朋友听。


movies = MOVI(ng pictur)ES

不过也有

麻烦问下这是哪里的解释?

多谢回复。

关于go to the movies,朗文和牛津的解释为 : the movies =the cinema可做“”电影院“解, 所以go to the movies,这些词典里的解释为“”去(电影院)看电影“, 和您推荐的这本书里的解释及韦氏高阶的解释有些区别。 柯林斯的解释和韦氏高阶一样,并且注明这种用法 mainly US

关于cinema

It's more common to say cinema in Britain than in the United States, but any English speaker will know what you're talking about if you ask, "Want to go to the cinema?" You can also use cinema to talk about the film industry and its history: "This is my favorite film in all of American cinema." The word was first used in 1899, from the French cinéma, which was a shortened form of cinématographe, "motion picture projector and camera."