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I've been cycling/I've ridden a bike this morning.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by wolfbm1, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. wolfbm1

    wolfbm1 Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    Hello.

    A: What have you done this morning?

    B: I've been to the swimming pool, I've been cycling/I've ridden a bike ...

    B wants to say that riding a bike was one of the activities which he has done in the morning. Is his sentence idiomatic?

    Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2017
  2. Barque Senior Member

    India
    Tamil
    Both "cycling" and "riding a/my bike" would work if you start with "I've been".
     
  3. wolfbm1

    wolfbm1 Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    B went cycling/rode his bike before going to the swimming pool.
     
  4. Barque Senior Member

    India
    Tamil
    B went cycling before going to the pool.
    B rode his bike around before going to the pool.
     
  5. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    What did you do this morning? (implies it's now afternoon or later)
    What have you been doing this morning? (implies it's still morning)
    What have you done this morning? (sounds like you're asking what someone achieved)

    The answers would probably be given in the same style as the questions:
    I went for a bike ride / went cycling / went swimming
    I've been swimming and cycling
    I've been to the swimming pool and ridden my bike, that's all
     
  6. wolfbm1

    wolfbm1 Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    I wanted to know what B had done up to the moment I asked him the question, what he had actually achieved that morning which he could boast about. I wanted to practice the present perfect tense. It was only 9.30 am. I did not know that the present perfect continuous could be used too.
     
  7. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    I don't believe "cycling" is natural in AE. "Biking" and "bicycling" seem common, but it's been a long time since I could partake.

    Any other AE comments?
     
  8. wolfbm1

    wolfbm1 Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    So, in the US, B could say "I've bicycled/biked along the canal this morning."
     
  9. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    It seems ok to me, but I'd like to hear from other AE speakers.
    (And, I'd use the simple past)
     

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