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    #1

    to act, to play, to perform

    Hi,
    Is it possible to say
    1 Plays were acted during the day
    2 Plays were played during the day
    3. Plays were performed during the day.
    Is there a difference between act/play/perform?
    Are there combinations in which only one of them is possible and the other two aren't acceptable?
    Thanks. Rip.

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    Re: to act, to play, to perform

    1. Plays were acted during the day. (someone acts; plays do not act)
    2. Plays were played during the day. (plays and played are too similar)
    3. Plays were performed during the day.

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