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    Gerunds vs. ???

    I can say that "I'm going shopping", but can I say "I'm going sleeping?"

    I can say "I've never been skiing", but what about "I've never been eating?"

    How can you tell which words can be used in the formats mentioned above?


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    Re: Gerunds vs. ???

    Quote Originally Posted by kitmeow279 View Post
    I can say that "I'm going shopping", but can I say "I'm going sleeping?"

    I can say "I've never been skiing", but what about "I've never been eating?"

    How can you tell which words can be used in the formats mentioned above?
    No, you can't say 'I'm going sleeping' but you can say 'I'm going to bed'.

    The second sentence has nothing to do with grammar but with common sense. If you had never eaten you wouldn't exist at all.


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    Re: Gerunds vs. ???

    "And I'm telling you and your chef, it's undercooked. I've never been eating a lobster before and had to chase it round the plate with my fork. Please take it back to the kitchen."

    Can you use that tense form with eating? As you can infer from my example, on not too many occasions!
    Last edited by David L.; 15-Mar-2009 at 18:51.

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