go watch

Hakkar

Senior Member
Italian
What's the corrent sentence between these two?

1)Did you go to watch the players coming back from south Africa at the airport?

2)Did you go watch the players coming back from south Africa at the airport?

Also, is there any grammatical explanation behind this? I think the second is correct but i can't say why myself.
 
  • soccergal

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Both of these sentences are grammatically correct, but I prefer the second, as well. The to in the first sentence is correct, but unnecessary.
     

    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    'Go' + verb is quite informal. I doubt whether it could be called Standard English. It may be more common in colloquial AmE than in BrE. I would normally only say 'go and watch' or 'go to watch'.
     

    WyomingSue

    Senior Member
    English--USA
    And while we are at it, I would ask "Did you go to see the players coming back from South Africa at the airport?" Presumably you are just going to wave and cheer while they walk from the plane to the exit. "Watch" suggests that they are going to do something interesting that you will look at, like dribble a ball down the hallway.

     
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