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    Go shopping

    Why do we omit the preposition "for" in the following:
    We went shopping and not for shopping.
    We went swimming and not for swimming.
    Are there any rules to help us decide when to omit the appropriate preposition?

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    Re: Go shopping

    We do not omit 'for'. It was never there. We use 'go' followed by an -ing form when we do many activities in which we move about. We go running, hiking, camping, swimming, shopping, etc.

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