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    Re: a sport vs sport

    Can you suggest the context when you'd say "That's sport"?

    I can't make "That's sports" sound very natural either.
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    Re: a sport vs sport

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Can you suggest the context when you'd say "That's sport"?

    I can't make "That's sports" sound very natural either.
    That's sports: I have bumped into the following sentences on a website 'I firmly believe that non-sports fans do have a passing interest in what's going on in sports, and that's where I come in. I always tailored my TV sportscast so that non-fans could understand it and ended each by saying “..and That’s Sports.'

    That's sport and that's sports mean to me the same thing or so. - Eg Fans have just watched a football match and their lovely team have not won. They all say that's sports/that's sport. =>

    -That's sports would mean that is the same in any sport (ei similar comparing with other sports), there are always winners and loosers.
    -That's sport meaning that is part of sport, there are always winners and loosers

    By the way, that's sport has to me the same kind of meaning of the idioms that's life and that is it.

    However, I must admit that's sports seems uncorrect but might be commonly used in spoken English - what about it?

    As a non-native speaker of English I take your words but try to figure out why both that's sport and that's sports are used.

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    Re: a sport vs sport

    Your "that's life" analogy was the only one I could think of.

    Like "Some is good, some is bad, some is fun, some is hard... but hey, what do you want? That's sports!"
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    #14

    Smile Re: a sport vs sport

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    How about that's sports? It sounds more AmE.

    That's sport would then sound more BrE. Am I right? Maybe it depends on who say it - ei difference between an upper class, a medium class and a low class.

    How is it in Australia or elswhere?
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (Br, not Am). I wouldn't be surprised if Br usage began to adopt the plural in due course - already a few English people are saying 'track and field' rather than 'athletics'. But, for now, 'That's sport' is the norm in Br Eng.

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    Here's what I found:
    Sport [noncount] Brit : sports in general ▪ He's not interested in sport. [=(US) sports]

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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