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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    one v. one, to/on/by and etc

    Hello.

    I have no idea how to explain it.
    What do you call a situation (for example in football) when one player (forward) goes to get a score and only goalkeeper can save.
    What would you say: it's one by one, one versus one, one to one?

    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: one v. one, to/on/by and etc

    In Canada we say "it's one on one", but the goalkeeper does not count. So if a single attacker is advancing on a single defender other than the goalkeeper we call that one on one. If there is nobody defending except the goalkeeper we say the attacker is in alone or in all alone, has broken though etc.

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    #3

    Re: one v. one, to/on/by and etc

    one on one

    Sean Higgins pounced on a poor pass-back from Sebastien Faure to take him one on one with the Rangers goalkeeper, who raced off his line and did well to block, before swatting Sean Dickson's rebound shot to safety.

    Here's the way I usually search for stuff like this online (Google):

    "one * one" site:uk
    "one * one" site:us

    You can also use au, ca, nz, ie.

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    #4

    Re: one v. one, to/on/by and etc

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    In Canada we say "it's one on one", but the goalkeeper does not count. So if a single attacker is advancing on a single defender other than the goalkeeper we call that one on one. If there is nobody defending except the goalkeeper we say the attacker is in alone or in all alone, has broken though etc.
    We'd call it a "breakaway" in hockey.

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    #5

    Re: one v. one, to/on/by and etc

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    We'd call it a "breakaway" in hockey.
    A Canadian yes to that one provided there was no one back but the goalie.

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    #6

    Re: one v. one, to/on/by and etc

    In BE a commentator typically says 'He's one on one with the keeper'. A spectator says 'He's only the goaler to beat'.

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