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    Re: Synonymous

    Thanks.

    Sentence (3) is grammatical if it is used to express two separate events, but if used to express a single event then it's ungrammatical in terms of the semantics of English.
    What do these mean?
    1. It's ungrammatical in terms of the semantics of English.
    2. It's ungrammatical in terms of semantics of English. (If this is incorrect, why?)

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    Re: Synonymous

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    I got confused by the sentence " Let's go look at the stars". Is "look" a verb? If it is the how can we put two verbs together? If it isn't then should we say Let's go for a look at the stars" as we say " Let's go for a walk"?
    Well, I believe "go look" has the structure main verb + bare infinitive, wherein 'look' functions as a noun, as the object of 'go'.

    Let's go DO (infinitive; object of 'go'; noun)
    EX: Let's go shop (object)
    EX: Let's go look. (object)

    Let's go DOING (present participle; object of 'go'; gerund)
    Let's go shopping (object)

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    #13

    Re: Synonymous


    Dear Casiopea,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Yes. If your intention is to express a single event, then use 'go look' (2), and if your intention is to express two separate events, one after the other, then add 'and' as in 'go and look' (1):

    (1) Let's go and look. (two separate events 'go' and 'look')
    (2) Let's go look. (one event 'go look')
    (3)*Let's go and look. (two separate events used to express a single event)

    Sentence (3) is grammatical if it is used to express two separate events, but if used to express a single event then it's ungrammatical in terms of the semantics of English.

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