go to a place to do something OR go to a place for doing something?

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munchkin2618

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Hi, which one is correct? (and why?)

I go to that restaurant to eat chicken.
I go to that restaurant for eating chicken.

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Only the first is correct.

We occasionally use "for" before an activity but only where the activity is almost a noun in its own right.

I go to the church hall for aerobics.
I use the Olympic pool for swimming.
I go to bars for serious drinking.

Although as you can see, it's possible to use the "for" construction followed by the "-ing" form, you won't go wrong if you use "to + inf" each time.

I go to that restaurant to eat chicken.
I go to the church hall to do aerobics.
I use the Olympic pool to swim.
I go to bars to drink heavily.
 
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