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    grammar

    hi
    how have you been?
    have you played snowboard?
    i payed snowboard yesterday .
    it was great
    i am tired because i have been playing snowboard .


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    In British English, we tend to use 'go snowboarding' rather than 'play'.

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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by knot
    Hi
    How have you been?
    Have you ever gone snowboarding?
    I went snowboarding yesterday.
    It was great.
    I am tired, though. I was snowboarding all day yesterday.


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    In general, if you use your hands and/or feet, say "play (played)"; if you use your arms and/or legs, say "go (went, have gone, had gone)"

    'play' + sport: when you use your hands and/or feet (e.g., baseball, tennis, soccer, dodgeball, hacky-sack; musical instruments: piano, guitar, etc.

    'go' + sport: when you use your arms and/or legs (e.g. skiing, snowboarding, fishing, skating, swimming, golfing, bowling; non-sports: shopping, waking, etc.

    'bowling' is an odd one. Legs and arms are used more than the one hand that holds the bowling ball.

    There are always exceptions. :)

    All the best,

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    That's an interesting analysis, Cas. Did you come up with those classifications on your own or did you find them somewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    That's an interesting analysis, Cas. Did you come up with those classifications on your own or did you find them somewhere?

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    Mine. ALL mine. :D It's the result of having to answer eighteen years' worth of "Why 'play'? Why 'go'?" Hey, I'm a linguist. Puzzles are my game. There's a rhyme and reason for everything. You just have to look for the connections. By the way, would you know of a sport that doesn't fit the rule? I ask my students that question all the time, and they come up with some really cool stuff (e.g. go driving [legs/arms]; why not 'play driving' [hands/feet?] i.e. play piano). The rule has changed over the years. The more exceptions, the more defined the rule becomes, so hearing "Why 'play'? Why 'go'?" is always music to my ears.

    All the best,

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    It's an interesting idea- I hadn't seen it that way before.

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    Do I know of a sport that doesn't fit the rule? You don't play soccer with your hands.

    :)

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    Hands or feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Hands or feet.
    Does that mean that you, Tdol, don't play soccer at all?

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