Here is the sentence: "We go to the cinema every now and then, but only if there's something good on"

My question is: I don't know why the author had to put the word "on" after "good". What is the purpose behind this?

Can someone please help me answer this question.


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    The rest of the sentence is elided. Read it as "something good on the screen".
    – Hot Licks
    May 23, 2020 at 0:48
  • I'll note that this wording is most idiomatic when used to refer to TV -- "There's nothing good on!"
    – Hot Licks
    May 23, 2020 at 1:15
  • Now I get it. Thank you guys so much. May 23, 2020 at 13:45

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As noted in the comments, the "on" refers to "on whatever media". I would usually associate "good on" more with television and "good playing" with cinema.

  • Thank you for your answer! May 23, 2020 at 13:44

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