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    He is going swimming

    What does it mean?

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    Re: He is going swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    What does it mean?
    What do you think it means?

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    #3

    Re: He is going swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What do you think it means?
    I don't think that Kondorosi might not be knowing its literal meaning. I've checked the internet if it is an idiom but I couldn't find anything.


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    Re: He is going swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What do you think it means?
    I think it means the same as 'He is going to swim'. He is going there (= to a place where he can swim). However, I read somewhere that the -ing form and the to form convey different meanings.

    1. He [is going to] swim.
    2. He is going [to swim].
    3. He is going swimming.

    I know only #1 for sure
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    Re: He is going swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    I don't think that Kondorosi might not be knowing its literal meaning. I've checked the internet if it is an idiom but I couldn't find anything.
    Hello euncu,

    Thanks for joining this thread. I have an idea about what it could mean but I am far from being "half sure".


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    Re: He is going swimming

    I changed my mind:

    He is going to swim.
    Where is he going? To swim.

    He is going to swim.
    Why is he going? To swim, that is why.

    Correct?

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    #7

    Re: He is going swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    I changed my mind:

    He is going to swim.
    Where is he going? To swim.

    He is going to swim.
    Why is he going? To swim, that is why.

    Correct?
    Maybe, but you were asking about "He's going swimming".
    He's going swimming
    means he's going [to participate in the activity of] swimming.
    He's going to have a swim.

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    #8

    Re: He is going swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post

    He is going to swim.

    Correct?
    It sounds like a future reference;

    What is he going to do?
    He is going to swim.

    ----------------------------

    He is going swimming.

    What is he doing?
    He is going swimming.

    Less confusion like this.


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    #9

    Re: He is going swimming

    Thanks guys. Your answers are an answer to my prayer.

    One final question:

    He is going swimming =? He is going to swim?

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    #10

    Re: He is going swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    Thanks guys. Your answers are an answer to my prayer.

    One final question:

    He is going swimming =? He is going to swim?
    Yes, it means the same.

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