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    #21

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    "Have you been eating any pizza(s)?" doesn't seem natural at all to me. Try:

    Do you lke pizza?

    Or:

    Have you had any pizza lately?

    Or:

    What kind of pizza do you prefer?

    (I like everything.)
    What if you know that I am addicted to pizza and you know that my doctor has told me to cut it out? Wouldn't you ever ask anything like that?

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    #22

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

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    What if you know that I am addicted to pizza and you know that my doctor has told me to cut it out? Wouldn't you ever ask anything like that?
    Yes, you're right, but I really think we should open a new thread if we are to talk about pizza. It's not quite comparable to sports, and this thread is already quite hard to follow.

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    #23

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

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    Noted, thanks.

    But you wouldn't say in AmE Do you watch much sports?, would you? How would you ask this question in US English?

    Actually, you could/would hear it expressed that way, but other possibilities include, "Do you watch sports" or "...any sports?" "What sports do you watch?"

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    #24

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    Actually, you could/would hear it expressed that way, but other possibilities include, "Do you watch sports" or "...any sports?" "What sports do you watch?"
    Haven't you basically said this in post #14, to which I responded in post #15? These are not other possibilities for what I meant.

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    #25

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

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    Right, but I didn't mean that exactly. The question was Do you watch much sport?, with the focus on quantity (much).

    Could you also say in AmE Do you watch a lot of sports?, to be used in the uncountable sense (I mean that the question is about how much time is spent watching rather than how many different sports are watched.)
    Sorry for the repeat further on , but as to your post above, depending on the exchange / context between speakers, either time watching or number of sports could be the inquiry. So, if the verbal stress was on "lot", I think the listener would consider time as the issue. And if the stress were on "sports", number of sports would be the focus.

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    #26

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

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    What if you know that I am addicted to pizza and you know that my doctor has told me not to eat it? Would you ever ask me anything like that?
    Bad doctor!

    More seriously, if I already know you are a pizza addict I would not, of course, ask you if you like pizza.

    (Pizza! Now there's something I can sink my teeth into. )
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    #27

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

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    Bad doctor!

    More seriously, if I already know you are a pizza addict I would not, of course, ask you if you like pizza.

    (Pizza! Now there's something I can sink my teeth into. )
    You haven't explained why the corrections. I can't see what my mistakes were.

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    #28

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

    I had to look at the original text (post #21). For starters, it is highly unlikely that a doctor would tell you (or anybody) to cut it out. Also, "Would you ...?" is a straightforward question. "Wouldn't you ...?" is something else entirely.

    (Now I have to explain things? I need a raise in pay. )
    Last edited by Tarheel; 13-Apr-2019 at 02:28. Reason: Punctuation
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    #29

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

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    You haven't explained why the corrections.
    How should you change that?

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    #30

    Re: Have you been playing any sport(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I had to look at the original text (post #21l. For starters, it is highly unlikely that a doctor would tell you (or anybody) to cut it out. Also, "Would you ...?" is a straightforward question. "Wouldn't you ...?" is something else entirely.

    (Now I have to explain things? I need a raise in pay. )
    Actually, you didn't have to. I kindly thank you attention.

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