Literal ESL #2

One of my ESL students wrote this:

This is how I imagine it went down:



Grammar stuff:

Of course, the student meant to say “I went to the park”

Aside from the obvious verb tense error,  it is incorrect to use a noun (aside from a gerund) as a direct object — i.e. without a preposition first*– after the verb go.  Also, in American English, it’s often fine to use go + the bare infinitive (e.g. I’ll go park the car), so in this ESL student’s sentence, “park” looks more like a verb than a noun.

*P.S., before you break out the pitchforks, in the sentence “he went home,” home is an adverb.



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17 Responses to Literal ESL #2

  1. Eric Fu says:

    I have a question. Consider the sentence “I go shopping” or “I went hiking”. I believe that shopping and hiking are gerunds, and they act as nouns instead of adverbs. Am I right? Or are those sentences grammatically incorrect?

    I look forward to readin you future posts.

  2. Um, in a less than high-brow response, when *I* saw your highlighted sentence, I figured there would be a picture of two friends canoodling in a 1960’s car…

  3. jmlindy422 says:

    I agree with funnyortragic. Expected canoodling.

  4. I’ve seen the word “canoodle” thrice today and it’s already lost all meaning. Canoodle. Canoodle.

  5. Zak says:

    I loved the fist bump. Laughed out loud at my desk at work, like a big dork.

  6. Seemed like a rather mundane activity to be the focal point of a weekend.

  7. Too much excitement, I can’t take it.

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