Thursday, May 23, 2013

I went TO shopping

Every day I hear this:

Me: "So what did you do last weekend?"
Student: "I went to shopping."

High level students, low level students, 
mid level students it happens all the time!

Remember that -ing verbs don't need a 'to'.
You wouldn't say, "I went to swimming." "I went to running."

You only need a "to" if you are actually going "to" a PLACE, 
e.g "I went to Kobe." "I went to the supermarket."

So if you say I went TO shopping, 
from now on I will assume you went to a town called ショッピング
and I will ask you to tell me where it is
because I have never heard of it.


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