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    Could anyone explain me the differences between these 2 nouns?

    Here are 2 sentences for instance.
    1) It's gonna be an exciting game on TV tomorrow evening.
    1) It's gonna be an exciting play on TV tomorrow evening.

    By the way, is the question "Could someone explain me..." correct too?
    I alway thought I should use "any"-pronouns in questions and negative sentences, but I heard many times questions like "Can/Could someone...?" on TV. Is it non-standart English?

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    Default Re: Play and Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Could anyone explain me the differences between these 2 nouns?

    Here are 2 sentences for instance.
    1) It's going to be an exciting game on TV tomorrow evening.
    1) It's going to be an exciting play on TV tomorrow evening.

    By the way, is the question "Could someone explain me..." correct too?
    I alway thought I should use "any"-pronouns in questions and negative sentences, but I heard many times questions like "Can/Could someone...?" on TV. Is it non-standart English?
    Have you looked up "game" and "play" as nouns in a dictionary?
    "Could someone explain to me...?" is correct.

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    Default Re: Play and Game

    Yes, I have.
    As far as I know "play" as noun can have the meaning that is close to such words as "perfomance" or "spectacle" or "theatrical". But I just wanted to know if it was correct to use the word "play" about sport.
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    Default Re: Play and Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Yes, I have.
    As far as I know "play" as noun can have the meaning that is close to such words as "perfomance" or "spectacle" or "theatrical". But I just wanted to know if it was correct to use the word "play" about sport?
    "Play" as a noun generally refers to an acted performance on stage. Shakespeare wrote plays.

    A sporting contest is a "game" or a "match".

    Just to confuse the issue, though, within a game/match are parts called "plays". "Ronaldinho made a great play just a moment ago".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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