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I would like to know about the following two usages:

  1. I went shopping yesterday.
  2. I went for shopping yesterday.

I know that the first sentence is definitely correct but is sentence 2 correct as well? Why or why not?

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  • No, the second one must be "I went for a shop yesterday" or "I went shopping for [noun] yesterday". – Julia Sep 29 '15 at 5:53
  • Shoppping has a meaning of the act of purchasing. The second one is correct. But, why use a preposition when it is absolutely useless? – user24743 Sep 29 '15 at 6:19
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    In AmE, I don't think we'd say "went for a shop". We might say "I went on a shopping trip." just as you might go "on a tour" – Brian Hitchcock Sep 29 '15 at 7:11
  • related: What is the origin of “GO + VERB + ING”? – Mari-Lou A Sep 29 '15 at 7:34
  • In BrE I might say " I went for the shopping yesterday", we sometimes use the " shopping " in a similar way that Americans use groceries. – Sarriesfan Jul 6 '17 at 12:22
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The second is incorrect. You may say, "I went shopping for [object] yesterday." E.g. "I went shopping for apples yesterday."

In a comment I see that someone has indicated that "I went for a shop yesterday" is okay usage. This may be the case colloquially in some places, but I'm not familiar with the usage.

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the Second Sentence is when you go shopping for something if you just want to talk about shopping you may have to use the first one:)

  • Wrong. The second sentence is incorrect, as stated in the other answer. – Chenmunka Sep 29 '15 at 13:16

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