Discussion in 'English Only' started by namlan, Aug 19, 2007.
a. Can you do the dog-paddle?
b. Can you swim the crawl?
- Are these ok to say?
Thanks a lot!
b. Can you do the crawl?
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?"
Do native speaker say "swim by [the crawl/crawling/doing the crawl]"?
No, we don't usually say 'swim by ...' A swimming instructor or teacher would ask students to 'do the crawl'.
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.
Thank you, Wordnip and perpend!
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