Let’s Talk About Sports

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The 2012 summer Olympic games are currently taking place in London so this is a perfect opportunity to discuss sports, in particular, the verbs we use when participating in sporting and fitness activities: play, do, and go.

Let’s say you like tennis. Do you do tennis, go tennis, or play tennis? Which way sounds the best? What about yoga? Do yoga, go yoga, or play yoga? Hmmm . . .

Play is used with ball sports or competitive games where we play against another person:
How often do you play soccer? - Soccer is a ball sport.
I love playing a good game of ping-pong from time to time. - Ping-pong is a competitive game. We play to win.
 It's also a ball sport.
Luca always wins when he plays Scrabble. - Scrabble is a competitive game so we use play.

Do is used for a recreational activity or a non-team sport that does not use a ball:
I heard that you do yoga. - yoga is a non-team activity.
I do crossword puzzles in my free time. - crossword puzzles are not competitive.

Go is used with activities that end in -ing::
Mattia is going sailing on Saturday.

Are you going ice skating this winter?

Maria said she was going jogging.

What is your favorite sport or recreational activity?

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