Talking about sports in English can sometimes be confusing. But not to worry, follow our simple guidelines and you will be a pro!
First, remember to use the verb play for any game type sport. So you:
- play soccer
- play tennis
- play baseball
- play snooker
- play catch
- play rugby
Often, we use the verb go for individual sports:
- go running
- go skating
- go hiking
- go swimming
- go walking
Then, we also simply use the verb exercise to talk about physical activity that doesn’t involve a particular sport, or when you don’t feel like specifying which sport you’re going to partake in:
- How many time a week do you exercise?
- I love exercising!
- Urgh, I never exercise, I just can’t seem to find a sport I like.
- I exercise about 3 times a week. What I do depends on how I feel: sometimes I go for a run, sometimes to the gym, and other times I play basketball with my kids.
A few things we don’t say
I’m going to go practice sport. We wouldn’t say this in English. Generally, you use the word practice to talk about perfecting a skill: practice cartwheels, practice walking in a straight line, practice tying your shoelaces, etc.
I practice football everyday. Again, see above.
However, you CAN go to soccer practice. That means that you’re going to a training session with your team.
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