Let's say you were asked about a thing you prefer doing over the other. And you say:
''I would choose to be reading books rather than gossiping about people's lives.''
''I would choose to be reading books rather than engaging in gossip about people's lives.''
I have 2 things on my mind:
- 1) using the ''gossiping'' word in a sentence seems a bit off(never heard of it). Am I right?
- 2) if the ''gossiping'' word is appropriate to use, I wanted to advance it by changing it into ''engaging in gossip''(colloquial) to make me sound like a native, as part of stepping it up a bit as an ESL.