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    correct grammar usage

    Hello,
    I would like to know what is wrong with these sentences:

    1. There is always a heavy traffic in the city centre

    2. After lunch we went to shopping

    Hope anyone can help me Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lineker1976 View Post
    Hello,
    I would like to know what is wrong with these sentences:

    1. There is always a heavy traffic in the city center.

    2. After lunch we went to shopping.

    Hope anyone can help me Thanks!
    I think it should be "...we went shopping.


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    Re: correct grammar usage

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    I think it should be "...we went shopping.
    can we say after lunch we went for shopping?


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    Re: correct grammar usage

    I am not a teacher, but I am English, and have lived in England all my life and I would suggest that the two sentences would be, as follows:

    1. There is always a heavy traffic in the city centre
    This should be There is always heavy traffic, in the city centre.
    2. After lunch we went to shopping
    This sould be: After lunch, we went shopping.

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    Re: correct grammar usage

    Quote Originally Posted by lineker1976 View Post
    Hello,
    I would like to know what is wrong with these sentences:

    1. There is always a heavy traffic in the city centre

    2. After lunch we went to shopping

    Hope anyone can help me Thanks!
    1. There is always a heavy traffic in the city centre
    2. After lunch we went to shopping. (we went shopping; we went dancing; we went fishing ...)

    I would not add any commas.
    Although it's common to add a comma after an adverbial phrase (sentence 2), this sentence is too short to bother doing that.
    In sentence 1, there is simply no indication for one. You don't put a comma before a prepositional phrase.

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    #6

    Re: correct grammar usage

    Hello lineker1976

    Here is why they are wrong.

    1. *There is always a heavy traffic in the city centre.
    traffic is a mass noun. It doesn't require a determiner; e.g., traffic, not *a traffic.
    2. *After lunch we went to shopping.
    Go to <a place>; e.g., went to the shops
    Go <do something>; e.g., go shopping


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    i think i understand now the correct grammar in those sentences, thanks very much.. appreciate it!

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