Crawl [swimming]

namlan

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

- Are these ok to say?

Thanks a lot!

NamLan
 
  • Shimrod

    Senior Member
    English - United States (Southern New England)
    namlan:

    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?"
     

    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.
     
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