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    'go on' and 'continue'

    Hello, Teachers.

    I have several questions about the usage of go on and continue.

    1. I saw the following sentence in a dictionary:
    He paused to take a sip of water, and then went on with his story.

    1.1. Can I say he paused to take a sip of water, and then went on with telling his story? Can I use go on with doing sth?

    1.2. Can I say he paused to take a sip of water, and then went on telling his story? Can I use go on doing sth to describe a action after a break?


    2. Is 'continue to do sth' the same as 'continue doing sth'?

    Thanks in advance.

    ^_^
    Last edited by enydia; 04-Jun-2008 at 03:59.


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    Re: 'go on' and 'continue'

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hello, Teachers.

    I have several questions about the usage of go on and continue.

    1. I saw the following sentence in a dictionary:
    He paused to take a sip of water, and then went on with his story.

    1.1. Can I say he paused to take a sip of water, and then went on with telling his story? Can I use go on with doing sth?

    You can say "he went on telling his story, Enydia with no 'with'.

    Go on with sth

    OR

    Go on doing sth


    1.2. Can I say he paused to take a sip of water, and then went on telling his story? Can I use go on doing sth to describe a action after a break?

    Answered above.


    2. Is 'continue to do sth' the same as 'continue doing sth'?

    Some verbs take both forms with little or no change in meaning. 'continue' seems to be one of them.

    Let's continue to think/thinking this thru.


    Thanks in advance.

    ^_^
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    Re: 'go on' and 'continue'

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
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    Thank you very much, Riverkid.


    I have several questions about the usage of go on and continue.

    1. I saw the following sentence in a dictionary:
    He paused to take a sip of water, and then went on with his story.

    1.1. Can I say he paused to take a sip of water, and then went on with telling his story? Can I use go on with doing sth?

    You can say "he went on telling his story, Enydia with no 'with'.

    Go on with sth

    OR

    Go on doing sth

    1.2. Can I say he paused to take a sip of water, and then went on telling his story? Can I use go on doing sth to describe a action after a break?

    Answered above.

    [So, go on doing sth can mean continue an activity without or with a pause, can't it? ]

    2. Is 'continue to do sth' the same as 'continue doing sth'?

    Some verbs take both forms with little or no change in meaning. 'continue' seems to be one of them.

    Let's continue to think/thinking this thru.

    [What about the verbs begin and start?]


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    Re: 'go on' and 'continue'

    Enydia:
    [So, go on doing sth can mean continue an activity without or with a pause, can't it? ]

    Yup.

    2. Is 'continue to do sth' the same as 'continue doing sth'?

    Some verbs take both forms with little or no change in meaning. 'continue' seems to be one of them.

    Let's continue to think/thinking this thru.

    Enydia:
    [What about the verbs begin and start?]

    Let's begin/start to think/thinking this thru.

    I think so. My brain is kinda fried. Long day. Let's hear what others think.

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