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    They go hiking to the hilltop.

    Is it acceptable to say They go hiking to the hilltop?
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    Re: They go hiking to the hilltop.

    They went hiking to the hilltop.

    They are going hiking to the hilltop.

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    Smile Re: They go hiking to the hilltop.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Is it acceptable to say They go hiking to the hilltop?
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    If you say that they go hiking to the hilltop, you mean that they do that on a regular basis, as a habit.


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    Re: They go hiking to the hilltop.

    Is it acceptable to say They go hiking to the mountains?

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    Smile Re: They go hiking to the hilltop.

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    Is it acceptable to say They go hiking to the mountains?
    I personally think that they go hiking in(to) the mountains would be the better choice.

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    Re: They go hiking to the hilltop.

    TAlso -

    They go hiking up the hilltop.

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    Re: They go hiking to the hilltop.

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    They went hiking to the hilltop.
    They are going hiking to the hilltop.
    Are the above sentences acceptable?
    According to Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan,
    "the prepositions of place, not direction, are used after go/come ...ing.
    I went swimming in the river. (NOT *I went swimming to the river.)
    She went shopping at Harrods. (NOT *... to Harrods.)"

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    Re: They go hiking to the hilltop.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Are the above sentences acceptable?
    According to Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan,
    "the prepositions of place, not direction, are used after go/come ...ing.
    I went swimming in the river. (NOT *I went swimming to the river.)
    She went shopping at Harrods. (NOT *... to Harrods.)"

    The sentences are fine.
    You need to take Michael Swan not so literally. It's guidance. It's not law.
    Try to think of the principle he's trying to get across. Once you understand that, you don't need to dissect it any further looking for contradictions.

    Do you understand why you don't say "I went swimming to the river"? and why you don't say "She went shopping to Harrod's"? If so, good.
    Do you understand why you can say "We went hiking to the mountains" despite an over-analysis of Swan suggesting the contrary?

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