Doing the gardening or gardening?

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  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Welcome to the forum, APSM!

    Please give us a little context. How someone just asked you, for example, what you’re doing these days? Or has someone just called you on the phone as you’re digging in the garden?
     

    APSM

    New Member
    Portuguese
    My daughter hás an example in her workbook with a picture of a girl planting flowers and she has to fill in the gaps with these two options.
     

    sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    "Doing the gardening" suggests (to me) that gardening is a regular activity that can't be avoided, like "doing the laundry".
    Just "I'm gardening" doesn't carry the same implication.
     
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