Sunday, 26 January 2014

Do, play or go?

Do you play sport or do sport?
In British English, you can "do sport". In American English you can "play sports".
When other words related to sports are used, we may use other verbs.
"What sports do you do?"
"I play basketball".


Observe these pictures:




play golf


go cycling


do archery




There are (3) three verbs that collocate with sports and other free time activities: go,do and play,
but they are not interchangeable:

  • Go is used with activities and sports that end in -ing. The verb go here implies that we go somewhere to practice this sport: go swimming.
  • Do is used with recreational activities and with individual, non-team sports or sports in which a ball is not used, like martial arts, for example: do a crossword puzzle, do athletics, do karate.
  • Play is generally used with team sports and those sports that need a ball or similar object (puck, disc, shuttlecock...). Also, those activities in which two people or teams compete against each other: play football, play poker, play chess.

GoDoPlay
ridingaerobicsbadminton
jogginggymnasticstable-tennis
hitch-hikingtaekwondofootball
fishingjudobasketball
sailingkaratechess
windsurfingkung-fucricket
skiingballetboard games
snowboardingexcercisesnooker
swimmingyogahockey
dancingathleticsbaseball
skatingarcheryrugby
cyclinga crossword puzzlevolleyball
runningtai chisquash

Some exceptions to the rules:
  • You use do with two activities that end in -ingdo boxing and do body-building, because they don't imply moving along as the other activities ending in -ing.
  • Golf: if there is an idea of competition, you use the verb play. However, you can say go golfing if you do it for pleasure: Galven Kendall plays golf. We'll go golfing at the weekend. 
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