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Idiom: must-see; used as an adjective.

First Example:
Samantha: I’m trying to decide what movie to
watch tonight.  Can you suggest any old
movies?  I want something romantic.
Rebecca: Have you seen Casablanca
Samantha: Yeah, I cried at the end.
Rebecca: What about Gone With the Wind
Samantha: Yep – but that’s old.  Maybe something a little newer.
Rebecca: I assume you’ve already seen Titanic
Samantha: Actually, I haven’t.
Rebecca: Really? You have to watch Titanic! It’s one of the must-see movies of the 90s!  I thought everyone had already seen it.  How could you have missed it? 
Samantha: Uh, I was born in the 90s.

is an adjective that means something should be seen by everyone. This idiom is
usually used for movies and plays.  In
the example, Rebecca says that Titanic
is a must-see movie, which means she
thinks everyone should see Titanic.  

Here is another example:
Stephanie: I saw the musical The Book of Mormon last night on
Harry: How was it? 
Stephanie: It was just OK.  I had heard so many good things, I thought I was going to love it, but I
wouldn’t say it’s a must-see.
Harry: That’s too bad.  I was excited to see it.

Meaning: In this case, Stephanie said that The Book of Mormon wasn’t a must-see, so she doesn’t think everyone
should see it.  notice that even when
used as a noun, there is a hyphen between the two words.
This idiom is from the upcoming
edition of LSI’s book “Reading Horizons,” which will be used in the
Level 6 Reading classes. For more information, please visit   

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