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    do (the) shopping vs. go shopping

    Hello!
    Is there any difference between these expressions, do the shopping and go shopping? I googled them, but didn't find anything. I was taught at school that when you 'do the shopping', you buy things you need regularly, like foodstuffs, soap, toothpaste etc. When you 'go shopping' you simply go to the shops. Is that correct? Dictionaries like OALD and LDOCE failed to provide any info on that.

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    Re: do (the) shopping vs. go shopping

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!
    Is there any difference between these expressions, do the shopping and go shopping? I googled them, but didn't find anything. I was taught at school that when you 'do the shopping', you buy things you need regularly, like foodstuffs, soap, toothpaste etc. When you 'go shopping' you simply go to the shops. Is that correct? Dictionaries like OALD and LDOCE failed to provide any info on that.
    Yes, you are correct.

    "Go shopping" is more general. It could mean buying things you need regularly, or shopping for fun.

    "Do the shopping" implies shopping is a chore - buying regular necessities or perhaps shopping to stock up for a particular purpose or event.

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    Re: do (the) shopping vs. go shopping

    Thank you, Munch!

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