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    Hi, everyone
    Would you please tell me what the difference among "playground", "sports field", and "playing field" is? Thank you.

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    A playground is where children play on slides, swings, climbing structures, etc.

    It is not used for the fields (pitches?) that have lines drawn on them for organized team sports. In the US, we refer to those just as "fields." The football field, the soccer field, etc.

    However, I'd be interested in seeing which sports have a "pitch" since that word isn't really used here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: what are they

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    However, I'd be interested in seeing which sports have a "pitch" since that word isn't really used here.
    Football, rugby, cricket and hockey are played on pitches.. There are almost certainly others.

    By football, I mean what some people call 'soccer'; hockey is, of course, played on grass.
    We call the other versions 'American football' and 'ice hockey'.

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    Hi, there
    Thank you for your help. Could you help me again? I'd like to know what people call an area for students to play sports and games at a school. Can it be called " sports field" or "playing field"? Thank you very much.

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