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    Question Going dancing?

    When using the suggestion 'What about going' with 'shopping' or 'bowling', I'm guessing that 'going dancing/going bowling' is out of the question. Correct me if I'm wrong. I imagine that teaching the kids 'going bowling' would cause them to giggle endlessly ... My little neighbors giggle at almost anything However, that will not stop me...
    I hope to be a teacher soon, however there are some things that have to be ironed out...

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    Re: Going dancing?

    People go bowling or shopping or dancing all of the time.

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    Unhappy Re: Going dancing?

    Did you not understand my question or did I not understand your answer?
    I asked whether +ing such as bowlING can follow a +ing, as in 'What about goING bowlING. I do have a tendency not to be clear enough (sth else I'm working on).
    If the fault was mine, please, do forgive me, and answer my question...
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    Re: Going dancing?

    What about going bowling/going dancing are natural and commonplace.

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    Re: Going dancing?

    What about going bowling?
    What about going shopping?
    What about going travelling?

    They're all absolutely fine.

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    Re: Going dancing?

    I'd probably say "How about going bowling?" if I was proposing the activity.

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    Re: Going dancing?

    Quote Originally Posted by lil'changeling View Post
    When using the suggestion 'What about going' with 'shopping' or 'bowling', I'm guessing that 'going dancing/going bowling' is out of the question. Correct me if I'm wrong.
    You are, as it happens, since 'going shopping/bowling/fishing/dancing/skateboarding/...' are all fine, but your caution is understandable, given the fact that natives do avoid certain types of '-ing -ing' combination. Essentially, however, it is only where an alternative to the second -ing form exists (normally an infinitive), so that we do not say e.g.

    *It was just starting raining.

    since it is possible - without loss of meaning or naturalness - to rephrase this as

    It was just starting to rain.

    Where, however, no viable structural alternative exists, e.g.

    I really wasn't enjoying being with them.

    there is generally no problem.

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