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    Do sports

    Hello,

    I know that we can say:
    play football, tennis....
    go swimming, surfing....
    do aerobics, judo.....

    But, when making reference to all of them, without specifying any in particular, can we say: I like doing sports?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Do sports

    Doing sports is acceptable. However i'd say playing sports. It sounds better to me.
    Hope it helps

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    Re: Do sports

    For play, play a game (must be more than 1 people), example, play badminton, play football.
    The sport that follows by do can be done alone, and at home. for example, do gymnastics, do yoga.
    As for go, the sport that follows cant be done at home. and normally it is followed by ing. for example, go swimming, go fishing, go skiing.

    hope this helps

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    Re: Do sports

    Quote Originally Posted by snoopy5376 View Post
    For 'play', play a game (must be more than 1 people person), for example, 'play badminton', 'play football'.
    The sports that follows by 'do' can be done alone, and at home. for example, 'do gymnastics', 'do yoga'.
    As for 'go', the sport' that follows can't be done at home., and normally it is followed by a verb ending in '-ing'., for example, 'go swimming',' go fishing', 'go skiing'.
    These are good guideleines, but note that you can play solitatire and other card games on your own.

    Personally, I think of yoga, aerobics, and other indoor things as 'activities' rather than 'sports'.

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    Re: Do sports

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    These are good guideleines, but note that you can play solitatire and other card games on your own.

    Personally, I think of yoga, aerobics, and other indoor things as 'activities' rather than 'sports'.
    "Other indoor things?" What about indoor cricket? What about American basketball? What about when they close the roof at Wimbledon?
    I guess you mean things you can do in your own lounge room.

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    Re: Do sports

    Someone once told me a very general rule: if you keep score or if there's a way way to "win," you play it, and if there's no score, you do it.

    I'm sure there are a lot of exceptions, but that's not a bad place to start.
    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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