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    Fishing

    Hi there!

    Why the correct is 'I went fishing the other day' and not 'I went to fish'?

    Would both be right, but with different meanings?

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    Re: Fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by TitoBr View Post
    Would both be right, but with different meanings?
    [Not a teacher]

    Please correct me if wrong, but I think there is a difference in meaning between the expressions.

    "To go fishing" emphasizes on the place, facility, establishment or location where you normaly go for fishing, and means that you go specifically to fish to that precise place.

    "To go to fish" emphasizes on purpose, and means that you go to a certain place specifically to fish rather than to do any other activity.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    #3

    Re: Fishing

    "Went fishing" would be more common. That emphasizes the actual activity. 'To fish" is more theoretical.

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    Re: Fishing

    I doubt you'll every hear "I went to fish" by itself.
    As an answer to, "Why did you go to the river?", it would work as a statement of purpose.
    As an answer to "What did you do yesterday?", it would be very uncommon.

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