Sports and the verbs ‘play’ ‘go’ and ‘do’: Learn English with Simple English Videos

Sports and the verbs ‘play’ ‘go’ and ‘do’: Learn English with Simple English Videos


What do you want to do this weekend?
We could go to the gym and do some weight lifting.
Urgh! That’s too energetic. Or we could play some golf.
No, let’s go bowling. Bowling? Yeah.
But you always win. That’s why I like it. We use these verbs to talk about sports in
English. So we do weight lifting. We play golf. And we go bowling.
I play golf. In this video you’ll learn which verbs we
use with which sports. And you’ll learn the names of lots of sports. Let’s start with
the verb ‘play’. In America, we play football.
That’s American football, Jay. The rest of the world plays football like this.
No, we call that soccer. In British English it’s football. But the ball’s the wrong shape
for football. If it’s a sport with a ball, we generally
play it. There are exceptions, like we go bowling. But usually we play ball sports.
So we play cricket. We play tennis. And we play snooker and pool.
We often use ‘play’ where there’s a competition, so someone wins or loses.
And of course we can play other games like cards and chess.
So we play darts, and we play scrabble. OK, let’s move on to the verb ‘go’.
Oooo. What’s the matter? I went jogging this morning and I hurt my back. You poor thing!
Notice Jay said ‘went jogging’. ‘Went’ is the past tense of ‘go’ and ‘jogging’ is a
gerund – a noun made from a verb by adding ‘-ing’.
There are lots of sports that follow this pattern, and they’re generally activities
that we don’t do at home. We go out to another place to do them.
So we go swimming, we go fishing, we go skiing, we go surfing and we go skateboarding.
I’m playing golf tonight. I love golf. What’s your favorite sport, Vicki?
Gymnastics. But you don’t do gymnastics.
No, I just like watching it on TV. So do I. Our last verb is ‘do’ and we use it with newer
more modern sports. We ‘practice’ or ‘do’ them.
So we do yoga, do aerobics, do pilates, do judo and do kendo and other martial arts.
We also use ‘do’ to talk about specific exercises. So we do squats and we do leg lifts.
I do this exercise to build my chest and arm muscles OK, now it’s your turn. You’re going to see some different sports, games and exercises.
Can you say which verb we use with them? Did you get them all? Let’s review.
Go horse riding. Play basketball. Do push ups Go sailing. Play baseball. Go cycling. Do parkour. Play rugby. Go paragliding.
Play shuffleboard. Do karate. Go rafting. Go rock climbing.
Play volleyball. Go ballooning. Do tai chi. Play rock paper scissors.
So are we playing golf or are we going bowling? We’re going bowling. Hmmm.
I know. We’ll play rock paper scissors and the winner chooses.
So if I win, we’ll play golf. And if I win, we’ll go bowling. Ready? Yeah.
Rock, paper, scissors. Ha, ha! Go and find your bowling shoes. Humph.

31 Replies to “Sports and the verbs ‘play’ ‘go’ and ‘do’: Learn English with Simple English Videos”

  1. If I am in the bowling place now and someone asks, what are you doing? should I say "I am going bowling now"? or should I say I am playing bowling? they just don't seem to be correct so I am confused.

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