Crawl [swimming]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by namlan, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. namlan Banned

    a. Can you do the dog-paddle?
    b. Can you swim the crawl?

    - Are these ok to say?

    Thanks a lot!

  2. The Scrivener Banned

    On the "naughty step".
    England. English
    b. Can you do the crawl?
  3. Shimrod Senior Member

    Providence, RI, USA
    English - United States (Southern New England)

    All these swimming stroke questions are basically the same thing.

    It is OK to say "Can you swim the backstroke?" (breast-stroke, etc.)

    but definitely more common to say "Can you do the backstroke?"
  4. kyotan Senior Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    Japanese 標準語
    Do native speaker say "swim by [the crawl/crawling/doing the crawl]"?

    Thank you.
  5. Wordnip Senior Member

    Western Australia
    British English
    No, we don't usually say 'swim by ...' A swimming instructor or teacher would ask students to 'do the crawl'.
  6. perpend

    perpend Banned

    American English
    For the imperative, you could leave the "by" out and say "swim the butterfly", for example, but "do the ..." is still the most idiomatic, to my understanding.
  7. kyotan Senior Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    Japanese 標準語
    Thank you, Wordnip and perpend!

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