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Sarah is going to see a theatre tonight.
Sarah is going to see a play tonight.

A theatre is a building in which plays are acted, not the play itself.

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My elder brother has a new suit.
My elder brother has a new dress.

Only girls and women wear dresses; anyone can wear suits (a jacket with trousers or a skirt). Clothes is a general word: John (or Mary) is wearing new clothes.

We say a man in full evening dress, or morning dress for traditional, formal clothes.

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The man took his woman with him.
The man took his wife with him.

In English, these two words are carefully distinguished: wife is the woman in a marriage. Both husbands and wives can be referred to as partners.

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The TV crew arrived at the scenery.
The TV crew arrived at the scene.
The scene in Cyprus is beautiful.
The scenery in Cyprus is beautiful.

A scene refers to one particular place, while scenery refers to the general appearance of the country. We don't use scenery in the plural.

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They had a nice play of football.
They had a nice game of football.

Avoid using play in the sense game. Play means amusement: He is fond of play.

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