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    Do heavy weightlifting

    Hello.

    Does my example sound natural and is it correct?

    ''I never do heavy weightlifting''.

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    #2

    Re: Do heavy weightlifting

    It's not natural. It might be grammatical, but I'd say 'I never lift heavy weights'.

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    Re: Do heavy weightlifting

    Are you talking about the sort of weightlifting one does in a gym (and is an Olympic sport)? If so, you might want to use something other than your example and Rover's example. Yours isn't natural but Rover's could be taken to mean that, in everyday life, you try not to lift anything that happens to be heavy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Do heavy weightlifting

    What is heavy is somewhat subjective. Also, if you say you don't lift heavy weights a person might logically conclude that you do lift weights--just not the heavy kind (whatever that is).
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    #5

    Re: Do heavy weightlifting

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Hello.

    Does my example sound natural and is it correct?

    ''I never do heavy weightlifting''.
    "Weightlifting" as a compound word would be considered a physical exercise or sport. But your example with "heavy" would suggest that you are simply referring to daily activity, because all weightlifting (as a single/compound word and sport) is moderately heavy. If you intend it as a daily activity, it would be better understood to write "weight lifting" as two words.

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    Re: Do heavy weightlifting

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Are you talking about the sort of weightlifting one does in a gym (and is an Olympic sport)? If so, you might want to use something other than your example and Rover's example. Yours isn't natural but Rover's could be taken to mean that, in everyday life, you try not to lift anything that happens to be heavy.
    Yes, I am talking about sport. What would you suggest using?

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    Re: Do heavy weightlifting

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    "Weightlifting" as a compound word would be considered a physical exercise or sport. But your example with "heavy" would suggest that you are simply referring to daily activity, because all weightlifting (as a single/compound word and sport) is moderately heavy. If you intend it as a daily activity, it would be better understood to write "weight lifting" as two words.
    So it should be ''I never do heavy weight lifting.'' Here I am not talking about sport.

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    #8

    Re: Do heavy weightlifting

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    So it should be ''I never do heavy weight lifting.'' Here I am not talking about sport.
    Weightlifting as a sport is one word. Weight lifting is general lifting of weight.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Do heavy weightlifting

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Weightlifting as a sport is one word. Weight lifting is general lifting of weight.
    So in my example in which I am not talking about sport the word ''heavy'' is unnecessary, isn't it? ''I never do (heavy) weight lifting.''

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    Re: Do heavy weightlifting

    If you are speaking in general terms you could say, for example:

    My doctor told me not to lift anything heavy.

    If you are talking about what you do in the gym you might say:

    I don't lift weights.

    Or:

    I don't do any weightlifting.
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