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    do/play sumo (wrestling)

    Hello.
    Which would you prefer to use, "do sumo" or "play sumo"?
    Thank you.
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    #2

    Re: do/play sumo (wrestling)

    Not "play."
    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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    #3

    Re: do/play sumo (wrestling)

    Go used with names of sports ending in ing; Play with team sports and ball sports; do with the rest of sports. So, do sumo and go wrestling.

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    Re: do/play sumo (wrestling)

    Quote Originally Posted by nouamaneer View Post
    Go used with names of sports ending in ing; Play with team sports and ball sports; do with the rest of sports. So, do sumo and go wrestling.
    We would not say "go wrestling".

    I agree that someone "does sumo wrestling" although it would be much more common to hear "He is a sumo wrestler".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: do/play sumo (wrestling)

    Thank you, everybody.
    I'd like to ask one more question if I may.

    Then, would it be safe to say that the same goes to "karate" and "kendo"?
    Should we say "do karate/kendo", not "play karate/kendo"?

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    Could it be that "karate", "kendo" and "sumo" are considered as martial arts?
    Well, no, "sumo" is a kind of sports, I believe.

    Thank you.

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    Re: do/play sumo (wrestling)

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Then, would it be safe to say that the same goes to "karate" and "kendo"?
    Should we say "do karate/kendo", not "play karate/kendo"?
    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: do/play sumo (wrestling)

    Apologies for double posting, but I just realized that I did not address tzfujimino's second question.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Could it be that "karate", "kendo" and "sumo" are considered as martial arts?
    Well, no, "sumo" is a kind of sports, I believe.
    Yes. Karate, unlike tennis, is not a sport that one plays. So we don't say, "Let's play a game of karate". Someone who practices karate is a karate practitioner or a karateka, not a karate player.

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    Re: do/play sumo (wrestling)

    It's an interesting question, because my Asian students always use this formulation, and we never do, though it's perfectly logical. Why not play karate, rather than practice, do, study, or some other verb? We play piano, which is just as difficult, and not always all that jocular.

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    Which would you prefer to use, "do sumo" or "play sumo"?
    Thank you.
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    #9

    Re: do/play sumo (wrestling)

    If he was a regular wrestler, I would not say that he "played wrestling" or "did wrestling." I would say he wrestled.

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