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    swimming

    Why is there an 'a" in front of swimming? It' s a noun .

    the fish come a swimming to me


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    Re: swimming

    The fish come a-swimming to me > It is an archaism and should be spelt with a hyphen. It is often used in poetry to enable a line to contain the right number of feet.

    Another example is from Waltzing Matilda:

    Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
    "You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me"
    And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,
    "You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me

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