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    Default The verb to walk

    Hello,

    Is it wrong to use the verb to walk in the progressive form?
    I had to choose the correct verb in this exercise.
    'Where are you walking/going to?' 'I am walking/going to my office.'
    He likes walking/going.
    He goes/walks a lot.
    How often does your son go/walk there for the week-end?

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    Default Re: The verb to walk

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    Hello,

    Is it wrong to use the verb to walk in the progressive form? No, if it fits the context.
    I had to choose the correct verb in this exercise.

    'Where are you walking/going to?' 'I am walking/going to my office.'
    Unnatural. "Where are you going?" "I'm going to my office."
    "Where are you?" "I'm walking to my office."


    He likes walking/going.
    Only "He likes walking" is correct.

    He goes/walks a lot.
    Only "He walks a lot" is correct.

    How often does your son go/walk there for the week-end?
    How often does your son go there for the weekend?
    How often does your son go walking there at the weekend? (This refers to "walking" as a sporting activity, not simply going from A to B on foot.)


    Thanks.
    See above.

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    Default Re: The verb to walk

    "Where are you walking/going to?" is natural in AmE. The "to" is unnecessary, but you will hear it.

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    Default Re: The verb to walk

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    1: Why does he go?
    2: I don't know. He likes going.
    1: So how often does he go?
    2: He goes a lot.

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    Default Re: The verb to walk

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    1: Why does he go?
    2: I don't know. He likes going.
    1: So how often does he go?
    2: He goes a lot.
    True, in context it could work. I was thinking of it more along the lines of talking about what someone does as a habit (ie "He swims a lot", "He goes to the theatre a lot") where "He goes a lot" would not work. Of course, you're right, that if the relevant part of it is frequency attached to the less relevant "He goes", then it works.

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