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    scoring goals/making baskets

    She’s good at basketball. She’s the best player in my class. She’s very good at scoring goals and she can run fast.

    Source: the test book for Kid’s Box 6, an English textbook for children, CUP

    When we talk about basketball, we usually use ‘make a basket’ to mean ‘throw the ball into the basket’. And when we talk about football, we use ‘score a goal’ to mean ‘kick the ball into the net’. But here the book uses ‘scoring goals’ to talk about basketball. Is that common?
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    Re: scoring goals/making baskets

    I would say she's good at making baskets or she's a good shooter.

    They do use the term field goal to talk about a shot made during the normal course of a game. (That's as opposed to free throws, which are made from the free throw line.)

    You could also say she's a good scorer.
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    Re: scoring goals/making baskets

    "Goals" shouldn't be necessary unless you need to make a distinction between two-or-three-point scoring and completed free throws.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 21-Jan-2021 at 19:25. Reason: Clarification.

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