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    go + - ing form

    Hi, is it correct to say, "I have to go teaching."

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    Grammatically, there's nothing wrong with it, but it's usually I have to go teach.

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    I agree. Originally, it rings 'I have to go fishing'.

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    Re: go + - ing form

    I`d rather say: I have to go shopping.

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    Touché!

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    Touché!
    Touche Pussycat, wow, wow...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Touche Pussycat, wow, wow...!
    Oh, memories...

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    Re: go + - ing form

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Grammatically, there's nothing wrong with it, but it's usually I have to go teach.
    but as others say we go shopping/fishing, why can't we say 'go teaching' too? any specific reason? what about 'i have to go to teach'?

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    Re: go + - ing form

    Idiom, idiom, idiom. I wondered about that when I answered, but had no answer; all I could think of was I have to go skiing.

    Just the way it works.

    Here's a guess, but it's only a guess:

    The old expression for what you do during leisure time was "play at..." At tennis, golf, hunting. People still say (not seriously) "A-hunting we will go" where the "a-" is a contraction of "at".

    Perhaps the difference is that all the other activities are fun (with or without the "at", still -ing), but teaching is work.

    But if I'm wrong, so be it.

    PS Note that it's also "I have to go work".
    Last edited by abaka; 06-Feb-2009 at 23:23.

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    Re: go + - ing form

    Let's just say that the infinitive is not so much incorrect as it is odd to one's ear. It simply isn't a natural way of speaking. Nevertheless, it may have its place somewhere 'in practice'.
    The first thing that comes to my mind is that classic example: 'To err is human, to forgive, divine'. You won't see An Essay on Criticism being rewritten to suit 'Erring is human, forgiving divine', now, would you? Poor Alexander Pope...

    So, in short - in certain circumstances, the infinitive just doesn't work and tears your ears. And it's probably parallelism at times.

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