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According to Betty Azar's Understanding and Using English Grammar (section 14-5), "Go is followed by a gerund in certain idiomatic expressions to express, for the most part, recreational activities."

Ex: Go fishting, Go hiking etc

However, a few websites about grammar suggest that V-ing that follows "Go" is present participle.

For example: in

It states that : after verbs of movement/position in the pattern: verb + present participle...
This construction is particularly useful with the verb 'to go', as in these common expressions :

to go shopping, to go swimming etc


What do you think?
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The Internet is a rich source of information on a myriad of topics, and English grammar is one of the most popular of these. You can find a vast array of sites that purport to give grammatical information and guidance, but they are not all created equal. You can find many sites that call the -ing forms after "go" "gerunds" and probably as many sites that call them "participles."

Modern grammarians do not agree on whether the -ing form is a participle or a gerund. Some call all -ing forms "-ing forms"; others call them "gerund-participials." Still others call them "nominal participles."

In the case of "go V-ing," traditional grammarians have generally called the -ing form a gerund. Modern grammarians, as we've said, do not commit themselves to one label or the other.


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