[Grammar] Go/Do bar-hopping

shimacatu_sa

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Hi,
I'd like to know if I can use "do" in the following sentences in place of "go".

A. I was going to go/do pub- hopping yesterday, but it was raining hard all day and too cold to drink beer.

B. I want to go/do bar- hopping when we get together next month.

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No. We have to leave home for this activity, so "go" is correct. (Go swimming, go shopping, go bowling, etc.) Some things can happen anywhere or they typically happen at home, so we use "do" (do exercises, do homework, do the dishes).

This way of thinking/choosing go or do doesn't always work, but it's a good place to start.
 

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Too cold to drink beer? Is that a thing? :shock:
 

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Does my sentence not make sense, or are you joking that you can drink beer whatever the temperature is? I know I sound like an idiot to ask this question, but I don't know what you meant by "Is that a thing?" and how to answer your question.

I wanted to say "It was too cold to drink a lot of beer."(I could drink 1 pint or two though.)
Should I have said: the low temperature prevented me from drinking a lot of beer, the cold weather made me not feel like beer, the weather was not ideal for pub-hopping?
 

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SoothingDave's response was meant as a joke. He meant that he didn't know it was possible for it to be too cold (or hot or wet or anything else) to drink beer. The suggestion is that he is always in the mood to drink beer!

You'll hear similar funny/sarcastic statements. My favourite is along the lines of:

- Use any leftover wine to add to sauces and soups for extra flavour.
- Leftover wine? What the hell is leftover wine?

;-)
 

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By "is that a thing?" I mean is that something that people think (or do or say) nowadays.
 

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emsr2d2, thank you. I got it and completely understand your favorite joke.

SoothingDave, forgive me for being such a wet blanket.:oops:
Oh well, you live and learn. I am a beer lover, too.
 

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It's hard to truly love a beer. They keep disappearing on you.
 

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I feel like all the teachers here have been challenging me to develop my sense of humor along with my English skills. It's my ultimate goal to make jokes in English among native speakers though.

Is "They keep disappearing on you" another joke or are you just saying that I could get drunk and embarrass myself? Am I overthinking?
 

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It's another joke. Beer vanishes very fast (one minute it's in your glass and the next minute it's disappeared into your stomach!) so it doesn't hang around long enough for you to fall in love with it.
 

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Thank you for clarifying the joke for me. Now, I can totally agree with Skrej's statement "They keep disappearing on you."
 
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