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    Lisa went shopping

    In sentence (1), I understand that 'shopping' is a gerund, while went is the verb. Can I replace 'shopping' with 'to shop', as in sentence (2)? If not, please help me to understand why.


    1) Lisa went shopping at the new mall with her mother.

    2) Lisa went to shop at the new mall with her mother.


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    Re: Lisa went shopping

    You can but the result isn't as natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Lisa went shopping

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can but the result isn't as natural.
    This means that it is grammatically correct if I use 'to shop'?

    I'm wondering when I should use gerund and when I should use the infinitive. How do I make the distinction?

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    Last edited by Oceanlike; 06-Jun-2017 at 14:07. Reason: To add on the last sentence, and correct typo error

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    Re: Lisa went shopping

    There's no easy answer to that question. Some verbs can be followed by gerunds, others by infinitives (bare and "to"), and yet others can be followed by either!

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    Re: Lisa went shopping

    Sometimes it's just a case of learning common/natural collocations, such as "to go shopping", "to go swimming", "to go skiing". There are many others.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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