Do / go climbing, mountain biking and fishing

Discussion in 'English Only' started by _Husby_, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. _Husby_

    _Husby_ Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain / Catalan
    Hello there!

    I've come across a text written by a non-native speaker where you can read I do climbing, mountain biking and fishing. I know in English we do things like yoga or judo, but here I'd rather say I go climbing, mountain biking and fishing. What do you native speakers think? Are they both acceptable?
     
  2. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    Use "go". There is a humorous construction "I don't do..." (breakfast, happy, excuses...) but it's not appropriate here.
     
  3. _Husby_

    _Husby_ Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain / Catalan
    Thank you for your reply :)
    I'm afraid I haven't understood the humorous construction, though. I don't do happy? Would you care to explain?
     
  4. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    Yes, people say things like "I don't do happy". They mean it as a humorous way of saying "Happiness is not part of my character / my habits".

    (You're not obliged to laugh.)
     
  5. _Husby_

    _Husby_ Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain / Catalan
    Thanks for the explanation! British humour I presume? :D
     
  6. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    Often heard on BBC radio sitcoms about 20 years ago.
     
  7. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    In the US it is still common today. "I don't do happy" literally means "I never act happy". It is the kind of things that celebrities often say. I don't do interviews. I don't do brunches. I don't do happy.
     

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