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    Can I say "I dropped going to the gym" for "I gave up going to the gym"?
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    Re: drop doing something

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can I say "I dropped going to the gym" for "I gave up going to the gym"?
    If you wish.
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    Re: drop doing something

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    If you wish.
    Does it take "to"? Can I say "drop+gerund" as "Can we drop this subject?"?

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    Re: drop doing something

    Sorry, Ostap. The to slipped into the wrong place. I have now corrected my mistake.

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    Re: drop doing something

    Can I say "drop+gerund" as "Can we drop this subject?"
    There's no gerund there.

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    Re: drop doing something

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    There's no gerund there.
    What is the underlined word then?

    "I dropped going to the gym"

    Incidentally, Ostap, 'stopped' or 'gave up' would be far more natural normally. If we use 'dropped' we probably have some idea of a weekly schedule in our minds, and we are dropping one of the listed activities, in my opinion.

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    Re: drop doing something

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    There's no gerund there.
    Of course there isn't. I meant drop doing something without "to".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Of course there isn't. I meant drop doing something without "to".
    "Since I have a pain in my shoulder, I'm going to drop working out for a week." Is it OK to use "drop" in this context?

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    Re: drop doing something

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Since I have a pain in my shoulder, I'm going to drop working out for a week." Is it OK to use "drop" in this context?
    Not really. You normally drop only things that are in some way optional. Most of us have to go to work. We can be prevented from going, by illness, for example, but that is not really our free choice.

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    Re: drop doing something

    It would be a lot more natural to say STOP working out and not DROP working out.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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