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Sorry if this is a stupid question to ask here, but I don't have much formal knowledge of grammar.

I just want to know if "I went to jog" is grammatical, and if so, are there any differences between "I went to jog", "I went for a jog", and "I went jogging"?

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All three are perfectly grammatical. Although the grammatical function the word jog / jogging is different in each case, they all have essentially the same meaning.

A speaker will probably favor one construction over the others, depending on the speaker's native dialect.

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To my native ear, "I went for a jog" and "I went jogging" are natural constructions. "I went to jog" is the odd one out. It is more like "Q. Why did you go to the park? A. I went to jog." If I asked somebody "Hey, what did you do this afternoon?" and they said "I went jogging" or "I went for a jog" I might leave it at that. If they said "I went to jog" however, I would most probably ask "Oh? Where did you go?" because it would sound like they went somewhere in particular for the purpose of jogging upon arrival. –  mikeY Jun 10 '13 at 20:52
    
Thanks! If you have time, can you explain more on how a speaker's native dialect can influence preference for one of those phrases? –  Piper Nanook Jun 10 '13 at 20:52
    
I went to jog has two senses for me. One is the purpose infinitive sense that mikeY mentions; the other is an idiom for an aborted action: I went to jog, but someone had stolen my jockstrap. –  John Lawler Jun 10 '13 at 22:00

There is nothing ungrammatical about "I went to jog", though it is not as colloquial as the other two. They all mean essentially the same thing. If you wanted to make a fine distinction, you could say that "a jog" is for some (understood) distance or time, while "jogging" is just the idea of jogging without any specific time/distance.

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