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    I don't get how to use this word: sport. I have looked up many dictionaries but I don't get the word usage.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=sports


    adj. or sports
    1. Of, relating to, or appropriate for sports: sport fishing; sports equipment.
    2. Designed or appropriate for outdoor or informal wear: a sport shirt.
    1. I have a sport shirt. (Why is 'sport' singular here?)
    2. These are sports equipment. (Why is 'sport' plural here?)

    3. I have a sport car. (If this is incorrect, why? #1 is correct?)
    4. I have a sports car. (Why does it have to be 'sports'?)

    Also, I found this in a dictionary:
    sports car (AmE also sport car) noun a low fast car, often with a roof that can be folded back
    5. I don't understand. So for AmE it is 'sport car'? And for North American english it is 'sports car'? If so, how do you know if 'sport' is plural or not?

    6. For the adjective 'sport', I don't understand why sometimes it is plural and sometimes it is singular. Can you explain that to me? Thanks.

    7. SUV: Sport Utility Vehicle. (Why isn't 'sport' 'sports'?)
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    Default Re: Sport / Sports

    1. a sport shirt. (A shirt for playing a sport.)
    2. a sports shirt. (A short for playing sports.)

    Both are synonymous in my dialect.

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    So for AmE it is 'sport car'? And for North American english it is 'sports car'? If so, how do you know if 'sport' is plural or not?

    Please note, North American English is American English. The USA is in North America.


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    Thanks.

    What does the dictionary mean by this:
    1. sports car (AmE also sport car) noun a low fast car, often with a roof that can be folded back. (What does the dictionary mean by AmE 'sport car'?)

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    Default Re: Sport / Sports

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Thanks.

    What does the dictionary mean by this:
    1. sports car (AmE also sport car) noun a low fast car, often with a roof that can be folded back. (What does the dictionary mean by AmE 'sport car'?)
    I've always heard and said "sports car". I don't why the dictionary says that "sport car" for American English.

    There's a lot more for "sports car" than "sport car". Maybe it's regional.

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