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    Article the before a gerund

    On the SAT test, this sentence is said to be correct:

    "My favorite activity at this camp is the swimming."

    I wonder about the use of the definite article "the" in this sentence. Don't we usually write this way? "My favorite activity at this camp is swimming."

    Could someone explain why "the" is used? Thank your for your help.

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    Re: Article the before a gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Soleil2010 View Post
    On the SAT test, this sentence is said to be correct:

    "My favorite activity at this camp is the swimming."

    I wonder about the use of the definite article "the" in this sentence. Don't we usually write this way? "My favorite activity at this camp is swimming."

    Could someone explain why "the" is used? Thank your for your help.
    What is the normal rule for using "the"?

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    Re: Article the before a gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Soleil2010 View Post
    On the SAT test, this sentence is said to be correct:

    "My favorite activity at this camp is the swimming."

    I wonder about the use of the definite article "the" in this sentence. Don't we usually write this way? "My favorite activity at this camp is swimming."

    Could someone explain why "the" is used? Thank your for your help.
    Are you really an English native speaker? If so, I'm surprised you haven't come across this.

    A: "I saw you at the club last night. I didn't think you drank alcohol."
    B: "I don't. I go there for the dancing."

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    Re: Article the before a gerund

    It's specific swimming- the swimming at that camp, not elsewhere.

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