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    #1

    go to a place to do something OR go to a place for doing something?

    Hi, which one is correct? (and why?)

    I go to that restaurant to eat chicken.
    I go to that restaurant for eating chicken.

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    Re: go to a place to do something OR go to a place for doing something?

    Only the first is correct.

    We occasionally use "for" before an activity but only where the activity is almost a noun in its own right.

    I go to the church hall for aerobics.
    I use the Olympic pool for swimming.
    I go to bars for serious drinking.

    Although as you can see, it's possible to use the "for" construction followed by the "-ing" form, you won't go wrong if you use "to + inf" each time.

    I go to that restaurant to eat chicken.
    I go to the church hall to do aerobics.
    I use the Olympic pool to swim.
    I go to bars to drink heavily.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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