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こうえんをさんぽします。

Why in this sentence do we use を and not で。

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@Ash That explains this use of を, but it doesn't really comment on whether で is acceptable. I think this is a new question and that an answer should discuss こうえんでさんぽします。. –  snailboat May 10 at 16:48
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I asked a native speaker the same question when the following came up: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/15221/explain-how- I was told it was grammatically possible but not done. In does not sound natural. (Perhaps this could loosely be explained in Japanese as: You take walk around the park, not in/at it.) –  Tim May 11 at 0:57
    
The way i look at this sentence is the same as こうえんであそびます。 I thought I understood the use of を で に but then came this sentence it made me confused. I checked the link Ash and tim posted and how i can look at it as going through and leaving something behind however walking in the park doesn't mean am going through it (going from 1 gate and exiting from the other) i can look at it as doing an action in the park thats why am confused and i thought it would take で。 –  Ahmed Abdel Moneim Elket May 11 at 7:18
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Both こうえんをさんぽ and こうえんでさんぽ are fine but 空で飛ぶ is nonsensical (because the sky is an only place to fly). –  user4092 May 11 at 16:08

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[公園]{こうえん}で[散歩]{さんぽ}します。
公園を散歩します。

Both sound okay to me and I don't think there's much difference in meaning... just the former sounds a bit more colloquial to me, I would write を if I was told to fill in the blank in 「公園( )散歩します。」 in Japanese class, but I think I usually say "公園で散歩してたらblah blah..." or "公園散歩してたらblah blah・・・" (leaving out the を/で) in daily conversation.

Maybe 公園で散歩します is 公園で散歩します with its を dropped? You don't say 公園散歩します using を twice, so if you use 散歩します then you can add 公園で but not 公園を.


公園で[遊]{あそ}びます。
*公園を遊びます。

I think you cannot say 公園を遊ぶ because the verb 遊ぶ cannot take the particle を.

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