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    do/go boating?

    Hello!

    I'd be very grateful if someone could help me with word usage.

    -So, how was your weekend?
    -Great, we went to a lake and sailed in a boat.

    Doesn't it sound weird? Are the following alternatives any better?

    -...we did some boating
    -...we went boating.
    -...we did some rowing.
    -...we went for a row.
    -...we sailed around the lake (??)

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    Re: do/go boating?

    They all look good to me.

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    Re: do/go boating?

    all? even this 'sailed in a boat' thing?

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    Re: do/go boating?

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    all? even this 'sailed in a boat' thing?
    Yes. "Sail" is a verb (sail, sailed, sailing).

    Alternatively,


    • We went to a lake and went sailing in a boat.

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    Re: do/go boating?

    oh oh. You made my day, Lauralie Thank you!

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    Re: do/go boating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    I'd be very grateful if someone could help me with word usage.

    -So, how was your weekend?
    -Great, we went to a lake and sailed in a boat.

    Doesn't it sound weird? Are the following alternatives any better?

    -...we did some boating
    -...we went boating.
    -...we did some rowing.
    -...we went for a row.
    -...we sailed around the lake (??)

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    Verona,


    Teacher Lauralie has given you an excellent answer, as usual.

    May I just point out for your interest that if a native speaker

    said, "I went sailing," s/he would probably not add: "in a boat."

    If s/he did, perhaps some sarcastic person might reply:

    Well, of course, in a boat -- not on an airplane or a train or in a car!!!

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    P. S. Please excuse me for using "s/he." But I simply cannot bring

    myself to use "they" in those sentences.

    P.P.S. But if you wanted to specify the kind of boat, then I think that

    it would fine:

    My best friend, who is very rich, invited me to go sailing with him on

    his huge yacht.

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    Re: do/go boating?

    hmm, an idea has just come to mind. The expression "we went sailing" can be used to talk about all kinds of boat, not necessarily ones moved by the wind, right?

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    Re: do/go boating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    hmm, an idea has just come to mind. The expression "we went sailing" can be used to talk about all kinds of boat, not necessarily ones moved by the wind, right?

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    Verona,


    You are 100% correct.

    In fact, my dictionary reminded me that it need not even be a

    boat:

    She sailed right into the conference room and sat down.

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    She walked into the room smoothly and with absolute confidence.

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