A private student's story contained the cited line below, which sounded awkward and strange.
“I was on camping with my family”
I know you can “go on holiday”, but you can't “go on camping”. However, if a person can “be on holiday”, can they also “be on camping”? I don't think so, unless it is slang. Is it? Is it colloquial? Suffice to say I have never spent a single minute under a tent in my entire life and anything to do with Scouts and Girl Guides has always left me utterly indifferent.
So which is the most idiomatic? Are any of suggested edits incorrect? Why? Is there perhaps a better alternative?
- I was camping with my family
- I was on a camping holiday with my family
- I went camping with my family
- I was away camping with my family
I wonder, why do we say ‘on holiday’ or ‘on vacation’ but not ‘on camping’?