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22:26 Feb 15, 2011
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English term or phrase: went for a walk
What's the difference in meaning between "went for a walk" and "went walking"? Is it correct if we say : Yesterday was a wonderful day! We went walking and then I made breakfast. Or should I say : I went for a walk ...
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English translation:went for a walk
went walking is not natural sounding
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Thanks a lot. The answer is clear to me.
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5 +16went for a walk

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11 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +16
went walking or went for a walk?
went for a walk

went walking is not natural sounding

United Kingdom
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Grading comment
Thanks a lot. The answer is clear to me.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  TrueBaller: Of course! Go/went walking is not natural English.
2 mins

agree  Sheila Wilson: I agree that this is the most natural for spoken English but the other term is correct when writing more formally
5 mins

agree  Amel Abdullah
9 mins

agree  Mark Nathan: with Sheila
30 mins

agree  Robin Levey: Yes. You could 'go for a walk' and be home in time for breakfast; 'if you're 'going walking' you'd better take a packed breakfast (and lunch) with you.
49 mins

agree  xxxcmwilliams: I agree with Domaikia's discussion comment. 'Went walking' is also used in spoken English and is not necessarily more formal than the other term.
1 hr

agree  Phong Le
3 hrs

agree  Thayenga: with Sheila. :)
7 hrs

agree  Jenny G: Mediamatrix gave a nice and clear example!
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agree  Martina Pokupec
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agree  Sarah Bessioud
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agree  Pham Huu Phuoc
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agree  kmtext: If it's a short stroll, I'd use "went for a walk", but if it's a longer or more intensive walk, I'd use "went walking", for example, "Where did you go on holiday?" "We went walking in the Lake District."
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agree  Carol Gullidge: for both formal and informal use. "going walking in the Lake District" would perhaps imply that you're going on a walking break/holiday - as kmtext says
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agree  B D Finch: "To go walking" is absolutely normal, natural English. However, the difference between that and "to go for the walk" has been explained in the discussion.
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disagree  Cilian O'Tuama: disagree that "went walking" is not natural English
10 hrs

agree  British Diana: "go for a walk" is more like "take (the dog for)a walk"
13 hrs

agree  xxxjenbikkal
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Feb 15, 2011 - Changes made by Travelin Ann:
Term askedwent walking or went for a walk? » went for a walk

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