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Why skate was used with -ing in those sentences?

I plan to go skating at the local park.

Cool! I’ve never been into skating myself, but I have some friends who love it. Watch out for slips, trips and falls.

P.S. is this sentence correct?

Why skate was used with -ing in those sentences?

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    You need to put the auxiliary verb was in front of the Subject to make a question. --> "Why was -ing used in these sentences?" Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 12:18
  • "Go to skate" does not sound correct in this context, though. "I plan to go skating" or "I plan to go skate" sound fluent; "I plan to go to skate" does not.
    – stangdon
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 14:26

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'Skating' here is an occupation (activity).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skating

Other examples:

  • I will do cooking.

  • I will go swimming.

  • I am into driving mostly.

  • I was never good in hiking.

P.s. Why was (the word) 'skate' used with '-ing' in those sentences?

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