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    Do you like riding a bike?

    I saw some people use "Do you like riding a bike?". However I didn't see "Do you like playing a football". Can anybody explain it to me, please?

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    #2

    Re: Do you like riding a bike?

    It's because when you're talking about sport, we use "play + sport".

    I play football.
    He plays tennis.
    They play basketball.

    "Riding a bike" is not a sport, nor does it involve the word "play". "Cycling" is a sport. If you used that, then "Do you like cycling?" would be correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Do you like riding a bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's because when you're talking about sport, we use "play + sport".

    I play football.
    He plays tennis.
    They play basketball.

    "Riding a bike" is not a sport, nor does it involve the word "play". "Cycling" is a sport. If you used that, then "Do you like cycling?" would be correct.
    Thanks a lot ems. "Riding a bike" is not a sport. If we say "Do you like riding a bike?", doe it mean that we use it as a mode of transport?

    https://learnenglishkids.britishcoun...rn/riding-bike

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    Re: Do you like riding a bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks a lot ems. "Riding a bike" is not a sport. If we say "Do you like riding a bike?", does it mean that we use it as a mode of transport?

    https://learnenglishkids.britishcoun...rn/riding-bike
    "Do you like riding a bike?" makes no suggestion as to how the person is using the bike. It could be as a mode of transport, it could be for fun, it could be for exercise. The point of the question is to find out if the person enjoys doing it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Do you like riding a bike?

    Football, as the name of an sport, like cricket, tennis, etc, is something you play.

    A football
    is something you kick.

    A bike/cycle is something you ride

    Cycling, playing football, kicking a football, riding a bike, etc are activities.

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    #6

    Re: Do you like riding a bike?

    Thanks Piscean. Is it natural to say "Do you like kicking a football?"
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 31-Dec-2016 at 08:45. Reason: Deleting quote

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    #7

    Re: Do you like riding a bike?

    Yes.

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    #8

    Re: Do you like riding a bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I didn't see "Do you like playing a football".
    I think it is possible to say 'playing with a football', where 'football' refers to an object rather than a sport.
    I am not a teacher.

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