Learn English – This is the first movie without excitement I’ve ever watched/I watched (I am not sure which is the accurate one)

grammarpast-perfect

Given two completely different sentences which are

  1. This is the first movie without excitement I've ever watched/I watched (I am not sure which is the accurate one)
    and
  2. This is the first movie I've ever/I watched without excitement

Do the two sentences mean the same ?

Best Answer

The prepositional phrase without excitement will usually apply to the noun/ verb closest on the page (post-modifier here explained on the British Council site).

Sentence 1 means you have never watched a demonstration video or an advertisement for furniture polish. You have never watched a movie which was not designed to excite the viewer.

Sentence 2 means you have never been sent to sleep by a movie because it was so boring. You have never watched a zero-rated, no stars, flop of a movie before.