Which one is correct to use ?

The bank manger was given a holiday and he resolved to go hitch-hiking.


The back manager was given a holiday and he resolved to go for hitch-hiking.

  • As a side note, hitchhiking is commonly a single word without the hyphen. Also, (at least in the United States) it's generally considered a disreputable activity and unlikely to be something a bank manager would do, unless for some reason he didn't care about his reputation. – Andrew May 27 '17 at 14:29

To hitch-hike is a verb.

So people go hitch-hiking in the same way that they go swimming or climbing or similar, where the verb appears as a gerund.

On the other hand, one goes for a swim or a climb.

That's to say, where nouns are concerned, one goes for something. Where gerunds are concerned, one goes sailing/singing/hitch-hiking or whatever.

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  • Good answer, but I don't think hitchhike is one of those words that also works as a noun. I've never heard of someone go for a hitchhike. But the answer is otherwise conceptually right. – fixer1234 May 27 '17 at 18:51
  • @fixer1234 Agreed. I didn't mean to propose it as a noun (although I see that dictionary.com allows it) dictionary.com/browse/hitchhike – Ronald Sole May 27 '17 at 21:54

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