Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    englishhobby's Avatar
    englishhobby is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    1,042
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Go in for with sports

    Help! Can anyone tell me if the following sentences sound all right to a native speaker of English?

    My parents loved sports, my mom went in for gymnastics and my dad went in for canoeing. As for me ... etc

    I was told that to ask someone about his sporting activity one can say like this:"Do you do any sport?" And what about the sentences above? Would it be better to say "My parents loved to do sports, my mom did gymnastics and my dad did canoeing. As for me ... etc ??????????

    Can "go in for" be used with some sporting activity at all? If yes, when?

  2. #2
    englishhobby's Avatar
    englishhobby is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    1,042
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Go in for with sports

    Is it possible to say: I USUALLY do not go in for sport. / I don't go in for sport REGULARY??
    (with the meaning "I don't usually do any sport.)

  3. #3
    Khosro's Avatar
    Khosro is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    530
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Go in for with sports

    Quote Originally Posted by english-help.okis.ru View Post
    Is it possible to say: I USUALLY do not go in for sport. / I don't go in for sport REGULARY??
    (with the meaning "I don't usually do any sport.)
    You have been given an answer already. Read Bamako6's post again. You can also check this out:

    Go in for - English Phrasal Verb - UsingEnglish.com

    It's more about liking sport, than doing sport.
    Last edited by Khosro; 18-Feb-2011 at 12:56.

  4. #4
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,656
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Go in for with sports

    Quote Originally Posted by english-help.okis.ru View Post
    Is it possible to say: I USUALLY do not go in for sport. / I don't go in for sport REGULARY??
    (with the meaning "I don't usually do any sport.)
    Yes, it's possible (and quite natural) to say "I don't usually go in for sport".

  5. #5
    Verona_82 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    993
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Go in for with sports

    Since it's a thread about sport, I hope noone minds me asking a question here.

    Can we also say 'Do you do any sports?"

  6. #6
    engee30's Avatar
    engee30 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Great Britain
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    2,819
    Post Thanks / Like

    Thumbs up Re: Go in for with sports

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Since it's a thread about sport, I hope noone minds me asking a question here.

    Can we also say 'Do you do any sports?"
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    Yes, we can.

  7. #7
    englishhobby's Avatar
    englishhobby is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    1,042
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Go in for with sports

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it's possible (and quite natural) to say "I don't usually go in for sport".
    Sorry for being a nerd, but would that mean "I don't do any sports"? or would it sound more like "I don't like to do sports"? In what situation could one say "I don't go in for sport"?
    Will the following conversation sound natural:
    - Do you go in for sport?
    - Yes, I do.
    _ What sport do you go in for?
    - Basketball.

    Can I ask someone "Do you go in for sport" to find out what sport they do regulary? (Mind: I am interested in what sport they do, not in what sport they like!) Thank you in advance. I bet this question of mine is crucial to thousands of Russian teachers, because many of them can't comprehense this collocation "go in for sport", but almost all Russian children are taught it at school as a way to say "I do (not like to do!) a sport activity(ies) regulary".

Similar Threads

  1. sports is
    By Allen165 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 31-Mar-2010, 10:47
  2. sports
    By peter123 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 31-Mar-2009, 03:59
  3. sports
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Mar-2008, 15:39
  4. sports
    By Morpheus in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Jul-2007, 10:53
  5. Sports
    By omarbellio in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Oct-2006, 22:33

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •