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    Sport or sports

    Is there any difference in meaning between "sport" and "sports" in the following pairs of phrases (sentences):
    1) a)physical fitness and sports activity of children
    b) sport activity of children and adolescents ..

    2) a) He practices sport.
    b) He practices sports.

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    Re: Sport or sports

    Tdol's explanation from another post in Similar Threads (it could explain 2a and 2b)

    I do a lot of sport = I play/train/practise a lot
    I do a lot of sports = I play many different ones


    I'm interested to see an answer to 1ab myself.

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    Re: Sport or sports

    1a) OBJECTIVES: To gather data on the physical fitness and [...] sports activity of children and adolescents aged 9 to 19 (Source).


    meaning, to gather data on the activity of children and adolescents in sports


    1b) sport activity

    meaning, a type of activity

    2a) He practices sport. He practices a sport.
    2b) He practices sports.

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    Re: Sport or sports

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    2a) He practices sport. He practices a sport.
    2b) He practices sports.
    Why can you say that you
    a) do a lot of sport , but not that
    b) you practise sport?

    You can also say, (c) sport is good for your health, and you don't mean a particular type of sport, but sport in general.

    If in (a) it means that I "practise a lot", in general, why can't it be treated the same way in (b)?

    Does it have something to do with this:
    The uncountable use of sport is British English only: There's too much sport on TV.
    In American English, the plural sports is used: He likes watching sports on TV. Longman
    Last edited by nyota; 28-Apr-2011 at 18:27. Reason: adding Soup's quote

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    Re: Sport or sports

    I've just found a 2008 'sport or sports' thread where Raymott marks "Do you play sport?" as correct , which in turn leads me to think it is a BrE and AmE difference.

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