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It's a repeat / repetitive / rerun. I saw it yesterday." Options
sb70012
Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 4:17:17 PM

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Hello,
context: suppose that my sister calls me to see a movie with her which is playing at the time. But I don't want to see
it because I saw the movie yesterday and today it's repeat is playing. Accordingly I have myself made up a sentence.

Could I possibly say the following to my sister?

"I don't want to see it. It's a repeat / repetitive / rerun. I saw it yesterday."

I'm particularly curious to know whether 'a repeat' or 'repetitive' or 'rerun' make sense in this context.

Thank you

Sorry if I don't thank you more than once. I don't want to bother you by filling up a thread with multiple thank yous.
RamufAznag
Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 6:19:59 PM

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You should definitely use "It's a rerun".
Although technically possible (repeat definition), I think no one would ever use "It's a repeat".
As for "repetitive", you can use it as follows:
"I don't want to see it. It would be a repetitive thing to do, since I saw it yesterday." - but since this is TL;DR, I'd stick with the first choice.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 6:45:35 PM

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Hi!

I agree with RamufAznaq, that 'repetitive' is not really the right word.

If you said "I don't want to see it, it's repetitive.", it would seem, to me, that you meant the movie was itself repetitive - the same scenes appeared again in the same movie.
It would not mean that the action of seeing it would be repetitive.

However I disagree, that 'repeat' is not used. It is a very common phrase.
Here are a few examples from a quick look at "TV Programming" on Google:
Find the next scheduled repeat of Top Gear on other channels (uktv.co.uk)
11 Jan 2012 - Poll: More than 50% of programmes on BBC channels are repeats.
So if 63% of the BBC shows are repeats then is our TV licence worthwhile?
BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed.
Nearly half of Christmas television will be made up of repeats this year,...


Maybe "rerun" is used in other countries, but "repeat" is normal in the UK.


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LMcL
Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 8:25:46 PM
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"Repeat" is also a normal, idiomatic expression in AE, as is "rerun."
sb70012
Posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014 7:21:54 AM

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Many thanks.

Sorry if I don't thank you more than once. I don't want to bother you by filling up a thread with multiple thank yous.
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