Play Go Do to Talk About Sports & Sport In English

Play Go Do to Talk About Sports & Sport In English


Hey everyone. I’m Michael and this
is Happy English. For today’s English
lesson, we’re going to look at using play,
do, and go to talk about sports. Before we get started,
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seconds to click that button. Thanks so much for your support. A lot of English
learners have trouble deciding whether to use play,
do, or go to talk about sports. Well, we can divide sports into
three different categories. The first category is sports
that are nouns and have a ball. So for those
sports, we use play. For example, you can
say, I play baseball. Jack plays tennis. I play soccer. A lot of people
like to play hockey. I know that in hockey there
isn’t a ball, there’s a puck. And in badminton, there isn’t
a ball, there’s a birdie. But those two objects are
pretty close to the balls, and that’s why we say play
hockey, play badminton, and the other ball sports. Play baseball, play football,
play soccer, like that. The easiest way to remember this
is we start every baseball game with the phrase, play ball. The second group are sports that
are nouns but don’t use a ball. And these are sports like yoga,
exercise, kendo, karate, Judo. In those sports, we use do. Jack does yoga every morning. After I do my exercises,
I have breakfast. I’ve never done kendo, but
I’d like to do karate one day. My sister did track
and field in college. She’s a quick runner. The last category are
sports that are a verb and are usually used
in the I-N-G form, like swimming or skiing. For those sports, we use go. In the summertime, I go
swimming every weekend. I heard Jack likes to go skiing. Have you ever gone
bungee jumping? Bungee jumping, bungee
jumping, bungee jumping. Also, when you use go with
sports, please don’t use “to.” Sometimes I hear people say, oh,
I will go to swimming tomorrow. But swimming is not a place. When we use “go to,” we
use “go to” plus a place. But swimming or
skiing or shopping, which is a sport for some
people, right ladies? Those are activities. They’re not places. So you can’t say,
let’s go to shopping. You can say, let’s go shopping. So those are three
categories of sports. If there’s a ball, use play. I play tennis. If there’s no ball but
it’s a noun, use do. I do yoga. And if there’s a verb like
an I-N-G, you can use go. For example, let’s go swimming. Now English is a language
which is a little bit weird, and I’m sure you’ve
figured that out by now. Because there’s
always an exception. I don’t know why, but here
are the two exceptions. Golf and bowling. Bowling is a sport that has
a ball, but bowl is a verb, and it’s not a noun. So you can go bowling, but
please don’t play bowling. The last exception is golf. Golf is a verb and a noun. So you can play
golf or go golfing. How about you? What sports do you play? Or do? or go? Leave a comment below
and let us know. Hey, thanks for studying. And I’ll see you next time
right here at Happy English.

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