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    at the beach vs in the sea

    I have heard from two people that in English, it is wrong to say, "I swim at the beach." They think that you have to say, "I swim in the sea."

    When you go to the beach, you can swim and do other things there. It sounds odd to me when someone says, "I am going to swim in the sea."

    I am not a native English speaker.

    Is it really wrong to say in English, "I am going to swim at the beach." ?

    Please explain it. Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: at the beach vs in the sea

    I see nothing wrong with saying "I am going to swim at the beach". Except that it would probably be a lie. After all, I have been here (North Carolina) for ten years, and I haven't been to the beach yet.


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    #3

    Re: at the beach vs in the sea

    Both "I swim at the beach" and "I swim in the sea" work for me. They both create a contrast with "swim in a pool".

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