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    #1

    I can play on the slide/slide

    What can you do in the playground?
    1. I can play on the slide
    2. I can slide (Is it natural? I mean playing on the slide) I suppose a boy can slide down the banister or on ice but not play on the slide.
    3. I can play on the swings
    4. I can swing (Is it natural?)

    Thank you for your help.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 19-Dec-2011 at 09:44.

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    Re: I can play on the slide/slide

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    What can you do in the playground?
    1. I can play on the slide
    2. I can slide (Is it natural? I mean playing on the slide) I suppose a boy can slide down the banister or on ice but not play on the slide.
    3. I can play on the swings
    4. I can swing (Is it natural?)

    Thank you for your help.
    In a playground, we normally refer to "playing on the + piece of equipment".

    I can play on the swings.
    I can play on the slide.
    I can play on the roundabout.
    I can play on the rope bridge.

    We also use "go on the + piece of equipment" in BrE.

    Mum, I want to go on the swings.
    Dad, can I go on the slide?

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    Re: I can play on the slide/slide

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In a playground, we normally refer to "playing on the + piece of equipment".

    I can play on the swings.
    I can play on the slide.
    I can play on the roundabout.
    I can play on the rope bridge.

    We also use "go on the + piece of equipment" in BrE.

    Mum, I want to go on the swings.
    Dad, can I go on the slide?
    Thanks VIP member emsr2d2.

    Is it correct to say 'I can play on the swing (singular noun) not swings. Are they both correct? I'm confused.


    Thanks again.

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    Re: I can play on the slide/slide

    Usually there are several swings, not just one. Even though you only swing on one at a time, we still say "play on the swings."

    If it's a very small playground and there is only one swing there at all, then you would go on "the swing."
    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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