Reply to "take a walk"

kuen posted:
What do you mean when you said "go and walk" sounds rather unlikely to me."?

Hello again, Kuen,

When I said that "go and walk" sounded rather unlikely to me, I meant that, as a native speaker of English, I would be rather unlikely to use it that I think it would be rather unlikely for other native speakers of English to use it, too.

kuen posted:
And do you mean it's also correct to say "go run"and "go walk"? Can we say 'go fish' and 'go swim' etc. when talking about outdoor activities?

Yes, it is correct, but "go [verb phrase]" tends mainly to be used in informal English. So if you are writing to the Queen of England, you might want to formulate things differently. In normal conversational English, it's fine.

Also, in both "go and [verb phrase] and "go [verb phrase]," the reference is to the situation as a whole, whereas, in "go V-ing," the meaning is essentially progressive; what's referred to is the middle of the situation (the activity itself).

If I were to use "go and walk" or "go walk," there would be more to the verb phrase following "go" than simply "walk." I might say, for example, "I am going to go and walk a mile" or "I need some exercise. I think I'll go walk a mile."

With "go V-ing," the "V-ing" can't include a direct object. It is ungrammatical to say, *"I am going to go walking a mile." So if you're looking for something grammatically incorrect, Kuen, that is an excellent example.

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