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PostSubject: English and English-related questions   03.12.09 14:13

Hi everyone!

I thought of creating this topic in order to ask some English-related questions which often arise in my course of learning the language.
Here comes the first question, which was actually passed over to me by my friend who is currently getting ready for the FCE.

Do you usually say do boxing or go boxing?
When I was asked this question today I thought it should go without any additional verb, like: I box twice a week.
But still, if I had to choose between do and go, which one is more suitable?

Thanks a lot in advance.
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PostSubject: Re: English and English-related questions   03.12.09 20:33

Of those two phrases Olga, to go boxing might be used (as in "I go boxing every Friday night"which is saying "I go to the gym to box every Friday night"), you wouldn't talk about "doing" boxing.

Personally I would use "box" as a stand-alone verb like you said.

Any more English questions anybody? - feel free to ask!

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PostSubject: Re: English and English-related questions   03.12.09 22:46

mygirl wrote:
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Do you usually say do boxing or go boxing?
First of all, the usage of 'do' and 'go' is fairly colloquial and, then, really depends on how the sentence containing either version is structured as to whether either version would be used. If, for instance, "do" were part of a question, like 'You do boxing?', that would be an appropriate use within the scope of asking a question. Also, it might be used this way: 'I do boxing,' as in response to a question from someone else. Keep in mind, though, that this would not be done in formal English usage. In formal English it would be as Sheena's example.

The same is true for 'go.' The following sentence would be something that is commonly heard in informal usage (that is, everyday talk): 'I go to the market on Tuesdays.' That example is in more common usage.

Also, to some degree the use of 'do' and 'go' depends on the intended meaning. The do in 'I do boxing' means the person participates in the sport of boxing. However, the go in 'I go boxing,' means the person travels to a place where he/she participates in boxing.

Hope that helps and I haven't confused you even more, LOL

Mary C.
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PostSubject: Re: English and English-related questions   04.12.09 1:37

Wow! Thank you so much for such detailed answers, ladies! ilovebjdg3
They do shed light on the usage of this verb for me.
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