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    I practiced sports when I was a student

    I practiced sports when I was a student.
    I did sports when I was a student.
    I went in for sports when I was a student.


    Do the above sentences mean the same? Are they all correct?
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    #2

    Re: I practiced sports when I was a student

    Yes, they all mean more or less the same thing. The second sentence bothers me, however.
    It's correct, but a bit gruff.
    Many students would say "I played sports when I was a student."

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    Re: I practiced sports when I was a student

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: I practiced sports when I was a student

    In BrE, we probably wouldn't use "sports", just "sport". Unless you say "I played three different sports when I was a student - tennis, hockey and curling", there's no need for the plural.

    I played sport as a student.
    I took part in a lot of sport as a student.
    I was very sporty when I was a student.

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    #5

    Re: I practiced sports when I was a student

    "I was very sporty when I was a student."
    I had forgotten that sentence's meaning in BrE.
    In AmE, it means that I was a sporty dresser. That I wore casual clothing, not suits and ties, etc.

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    Re: I practiced sports when I was a student

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    "I was very sporty when I was a student."
    I had forgotten that sentence's meaning in BrE.
    In AmE, it means that I was a sporty dresser. That I wore casual clothing, not suits and ties, etc.
    It can mean athletic as well.

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    Re: I practiced sports when I was a student

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    It can mean athletic as well.
    Not to my AmE ears.

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    #8

    Re: I practiced sports when I was a student

    I only hear "sporty" as an adjective describing cars.

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    Re: I practiced sports when I was a student

    I don't see how it could refer to clothes without deriving from sports clothing, and from the concept of sports in general.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Not to my AmE ears.

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    #10

    Re: I practiced sports when I was a student

    Thank you all for this useful information!

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