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    #1

    John went out smoking/to smoke

    1. John went out to smoke.
    2. John went out smoking.

    In sentence 1, I think it means that John went out because he wanted to smoke. Does sentence 2 have a similiar meaning?

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    #2

    Re: John went out smoking/to smoke

    No. It means that he was smoking when he went out.

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    #3

    Re: John went out smoking/to smoke

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. John went out to smoke.
    2. John went out smoking.

    In sentence 1, I think it means that John went out because he wanted to smoke. Does sentence 2 have a similiar similar meaning?

    Thanks.
    #1. Says that he went out to do the act of smoking.
    #2. Says that he was doing the act of smoking as he went out.

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    #4

    Re: John went out smoking/to smoke

    Most people I know say 'I'm going out for a smoke'.

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    #5

    Re: John went out smoking/to smoke

    I had an image of him with smoke coming out of him like a camp fire.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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