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    Scores in games

    Hello guys,
    When I played games like table tennis, soccer, etc I heard such expressions:
    1:0 -> One-Null. [nal]
    1:1 -> One off/all/both.


    Is it common not to use "zero" in games?
    And when both players/teams have the same score, do you say "off" or "of"?

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: Scores in games

    I have only heard "nil". And when the scores are equal, it is a draw. ( I have heard "tie" less,
    but I guess it could be used instead of "draw".)

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    #3

    Re: Scores in games

    It depends on the sport.

    In tennis, zero is called "love".
    In soccer, zero is called "nil".
    In baseball (and I think a lot of American sports), zero is called "zero"!

    In soccer, if the score is 0-0, then we say "Nil-nil". However, if the score is 1-1, 2-2 etc, then we say "1 all", "2 all" etc.

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    #4

    Re: Scores in games

    We also say "oh."

    We won, four-oh.

    It was a heart breaker. In the last inning, they pulled ahead one-oh.
    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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    Re: Scores in games

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We also say "oh."

    We won, four-oh.

    It was a heart breaker. In the last inning, they pulled ahead one-oh.
    Ah yes, I thought there was an AmE one I was missing! Thanks.

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    Re: Scores in games

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In soccer, zero is called "nil".
    You're an English, so why do you call it soccer?

    I, for one, have never heard of an organization called UESA. The same is true for FIFA (its acronym is in French but the word "football" is in English), there is no such thing as FISA, if there is, it's not about football.(I'll check later for that). So all around the world except the USA (if there are any exceptions, I'll be glad to hear), the name of the game is football. It is obviously more practical for Americans to say football for short instead of saying American football every time (but they may say "our" football instead ) but it doesn't change anything, the name of the game is football not soccer. Yes, I can't deny that when it comes to football, feelings are more dominant than being rational but this is the very point of the game. I wrote all these things because every time I hear that word "soccer", it irritates me. I hope our American members will not be annoyed by what I said, I just had to get it off my chest and emsr2d2 gave me an opportunity to do that.

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    Re: Scores in games

    The very reason that I called it soccer is specifically because there are a lot of AmE speakers here, and if I'd put "football" and then said that it uses the word "nil", I may have got some AmE speakers telling me I was wrong. To them "football" is what I call "American football" and honestly, I couldn't be bothered to type "American football" in either!!!!!

    Having said that, I don't have a problem with the word "soccer". I believe that it was originally coined to differentiate it from "rugby football" which is, of course, now known simply as "rugby".


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    Re: Scores in games

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It depends on the sport.

    In tennis, zero is called "love".
    In soccer, zero is called "nil".
    In baseball (and I think a lot of American sports), zero is called "zero"!

    In soccer, if the score is 0-0, then we say "Nil-nil". However, if the score is 1-1, 2-2 etc, then we say "1 all", "2 all" etc.
    Actually, we don't use "zero" very often; we're more likely to say "nothing" or, as Barb said, "oh."
    "We won the game five-nothing/five to nothing."
    "We won the game five-oh/five and oh."
    We also occasionally use the word "zip."
    "We won the game five-zip."
    They all mean the same, and while "zero" is not commonly said, it is universally understood.

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    Re: Scores in games

    Thank you very much, guys.

    Do you know anything about the "of"/"off"?
    One off.
    One of.



    I would like to know the correct version although there are also other possibilities

    Cheers!

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    Re: Scores in games

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thank you very much, guys.

    Do you know anything about the "of"/"off"?
    One off.
    One of.


    I would like to know the correct version although there are also other possibilities

    Cheers!
    I've never heard this used in sports scores at all. Can you remember what sport you heard it in?

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