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    -ing form (go dancing)

    We use 'go' before outdoor activities like swimming, climbing and walking etc. I wonder if we can use 'go' before indoor activities, for example I went seeing a moive yesterday. Is it correct to say 'I went dancing yesterday? I think 'dancing' is an indoor activity.

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    Re: -ing form (go dancing)

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    We use 'go' before outdoor activities like swimming, climbing and walking etc. I wonder if we can use 'go' before indoor activities, for example I went seeing a moive yesterday. Is it correct to say 'I went dancing yesterday? I think 'dancing' is an indoor activity.

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    "I went dancing last night" is fine.

    The following are all fine too:

    I went to see a movie last night.
    I went to the cinema last night. (Note that in BrE, this doesn't just mean "I visited the building called a cinema. It means that you went to see a film.)
    I went bowling last week.
    I went to watch a TV show being filmed on Tuesday.
    I went shopping in the shopping mall on Friday.
    I went swimming in the sea on Saturday.
    I went swimming at the local swimming pool on Saturday.

    Was there a particular reason that you thought "go/went" could only be used with outdoor activities?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: -ing form (go dancing)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "I went dancing last night" is fine.

    The following are all fine too:

    I went to see a movie last night.
    I went to the cinema last night. (Note that in BrE, this doesn't just mean "I visited the building called a cinema. It means that you went to see a film.)
    I went bowling last week.
    I went to watch a TV show being filmed on Tuesday.
    I went shopping in the shopping mall on Friday.
    I went swimming in the sea on Saturday.
    I went swimming at the local swimming pool on Saturday.

    Was there a particular reason that you thought "go/went" could only be used with outdoor activities?
    Thanks ems.

    Because I read the following from Longman English Grammar, L.G. Alexander:

    The -ing form relating to outdoor activities is often used after 'go' and 'come. The author didn't mention if we can use 'go' after indoor activities.

    Is it weired to say 'I went seeing a moive yesterday' instead of 'I went to see a movie last night'?

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    Re: -ing form (go dancing)

    Is it weird to say 'I went seeing a movie yesterday' instead of 'I went to see a movie last night'?
    I wouldn't call it 'weird'. It's definitely unnatural. What's weird is that you think 'yesterday' means the same as 'last night'.

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    Re: -ing form (go dancing)

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    We use 'go' before outdoor activities like swimming, climbing and walking etc. I wonder if we can use 'go' before indoor activities, for example I went seeing a moive yesterday. Is it correct to say 'I went dancing yesterday? I think 'dancing' is an indoor activity.

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    No, you can't *go seeing a movie (or anything else, I would say). But your reference book is a little misleading, since 'go dancing' is definitely acceptable and, as you say, not necessarily an outdoor activity.

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