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  1. englishhobby's Avatar
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    #1

    to do shopping/to do the shopping

    Is the article necessary in "to do (the) shopping"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: to do shopping/to do the shopping

    Yes. otherwise, just say "to shop".

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    #3

    Re: to do shopping/to do the shopping

    Specifically, when you refer to "the shopping," this means a regular, habitual type of shopping, such as the regular list of groceries in English speaking countries: bread, milk, cheese, and so on.

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