Let's say somebody is walking for some time, or he/she went for a walk. Can that person say he/she is "on a walk"? Or can we say that about him/her?

Example sentence: Let's say I went outside for a walk, and I saw a friend of mine, if he/she asks me what I am doing, can I say, "I am on a walk!"?

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    To me, being on a walk implies taking part in a long or organised walk. If I had just stepped out on my own for a stroll round the block or to the local park, I would say "I'm having a walk" or "I've come out for a walk". Dec 3, 2021 at 17:51
  • See this use NGram, showing that you should probably stick with I'm out walking rather than I'm out on a walk (unless, as @Kate says, you're taking part in some relatively "organised" social event). Dec 3, 2021 at 18:02
  • Yes. Your sentence "I am on a walk" sounds like normal usage to me. For me, it does not matter if it is a personal walk or an organized walk. But, for me, "on a walk" does imply that I do not have a specific destination, just out walking. A very common thing these day with covid. Lots of people "on a walk" or "out walking" every evening where I live.
    – jim
    Dec 3, 2021 at 19:37
  • @FumbleFingers- You forgot to include the link to your NGram! Dec 4, 2021 at 9:26

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It seems somewhat awkward to me. The more idiomatic way to say this is "I'm out for a walk" or "I'm taking a walk". The presumption here is that "a walk" is a definite activity--which it is.

If you instead want to emphasize the action you are taking rather than the slightly-more abstract activity you are doing, you'd say "I'm out walking" or "I'm walking to the park."

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