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    Hi there,
    Is it correct to say:

    John talked with Mary on the phone

    Mary: What are you doing now?
    John: I am going to swim with Peter now.

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    Re: swim

    Quote Originally Posted by simon1234 View Post
    Hi there,
    Is it correct to say:

    John talked with Mary on the phone

    Mary: What are you doing now?
    John: I am going to swim with Peter now.

    tks
    simon
    Yes, although I would say 'talked to Mary' - mere personal preference.

    John is not answering Mary's question exactly, but in telling her what he is on the point of doing, he is delivering an effective response.

    If we get in to the area of implicatures, your telephone dialogue can be interpreted as:

    Mary: Are you free now?
    John: No.


    Another personal preference; I would probably answer the question in one of these ways:

    I am just going to go swimming ..
    I am about to go swimming ..
    I am just off swimming ..

    When speaking of the leisure activity, it is more usual to go swimming thanto swim. Note that I wrote more usual, not more correct.

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