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    Dear Teachers,

    1. Which supermarket do you often go shopping at?
    - I think "...........do you often shop at?" is more grammatical, correct?

    Thanks a million!

    Namsteven

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    Mind you "more grammaticalí is just a relative term. Any reason why the 1st one is less grammatical?

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    I'm not a teacher, but I'd say that:
    "Where do you go shopping?

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    Essentially there's nothing wrong with saying "go shopping" instead of "shop". However if you're going to stick on a point of grammar, how about ending a clause with a preposition?

    I know it drives me nuts. Why not:

    "Where do you most often shop/go shopping?"
    "Which supermarket(s) do you most often choose for shopping."

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    Quote Originally Posted by namsteven View Post
    1. Which supermarket do you often go shopping at?

    I think "...........do you often shop at?" is more grammatical, correct?
    You're completely correct.

    Go shopping at is a problem, you're right. It's not ungrammatical, as you know, but it is ambiguous. That is, what does at refer to? Is it the verb phrase go shopping (1.) or its object shopping (2.)?
    1. I often go shopping at Sears.
    2. I often go shopping to Sears.
    The better choice, or rather, choices would be to make it clear what exactly the preposition at is modifying. Like this:

    Ex: Which supermarket do you often shop at?
    Ex: Which supermarket do you often go to?


    Hope that helps out some.

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