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

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.


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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