I am reminded from time to time when I see a tip that it is worth sharing. We Americans can get a bit sloppy when we speak, but it’s always best to write correctly.
Run vs. Running
scenario: a man skis to his workplace
– I go skiing to get to work.
if something is necessary, use the verb, e.g., run, ski
– I have to ski to get to work. (this person actually has to use skis to get to work).
– I have to run 5 miles to qualify in the marathon.
If something is for pleasure, use go, the gerund of the verb.
– I go skiing on weekends.
– I go running to build the muscles in my legs.
Here is another: Forgot/Left
from “English Grammar Today”
Tip: We sometimes use forget when we don’t remember to bring something with us:
– I’ll have to go back; I’ve forgotten my car keys.
We use leave with this same meaning, but only if we mention the place where we left something:
Correct: – Mia, you’re always leaving your car keys on your desk.
Not: … forgetting your car keys on your desk. or … you’re always leaving your car keys.
Correct: – I left my homework at home.
Not: I forgot my homework at home.
Tip: Use leave when the action is deliberate:
Correct: – We decided to leave the dog at home.