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    Lightbulb Go shopping or do shopping ?

    which one is correct ?
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    Re: Go shopping or do shopping ?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Which one is correct?
    Start every new sentence with a capital letter and don't leave a space before a question mark, exclamation mark/point, comma or full stop/period.

    They are both correct in the right context.

    Please put those phrases into complete sentences for us to consider.

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    Re: Go shopping or do shopping ?

    I would go shopping or do the shopping. What's the context- it would depend on whether the shopping were something regular or not, for instance.

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    Re: Go shopping or do shopping ?

    In AmE you can go shopping but you can't do shopping. Confusingly, you can do some shopping, or a bit of shopping, or (as in Tdol's BrE example) the shopping. There are many other examples of interposed adjectives that make do​ acceptable.
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    #5

    Re: Go shopping or do shopping ?

    I would suggest that do the shopping is mostly used when we are viewing this activity as a task which we have to do.

    A very simplistic rule you can remember:


    • do + -ing = tasks that you must achieve
    • go + -ing = actitivities that you enjoy
    Last edited by jutfrank; 05-Apr-2017 at 15:07.

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