Do / go climbing, mountain biking and fishing

_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?
 
  • _Husby_

    Senior Member
    Spanish - Spain / Catalan
    Use "go". There is a humorous construction "I don't do..." (breakfast, happy, excuses...) but it's not appropriate here.
    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?
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    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.)
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    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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