Hello everyone! Welcome back to Grain of Grammar! Since the weather is getting nicer, we are going to talk about a grammar point that we can use every day when we go outside! Let’s talk about the difference between PLAY / GO / DO for sports!
What sports do we use the verb “play”? Basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer
What sports do we use the verb “go”? Swimming, hiking, fishing, golfing, running
What sports do we use the verb “do”? karate, exercise, yoga, aerobics
Can you see the difference?
• Play is used for sports played in a group or team
• Go is used for sports that end in –ing
• Do is used for sports played by yourself or not in a team
In this table there is a list of sports and activities that collocate with these verbs:
Next time you invite your friends to go outside, ask them “Do you want to play volleyball or go swimming?”
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