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    confused verb

    Hi David,

    I need your help again. Which of the ff. sentences is correct?

    My hobby is watching movies and sports games.
    My hobbies are watching movies and sports games.

    Someone answered it should be: My hobby are watching movies and watching sports. My question for that is, isn't it redudant to use the same verb "watching"? I need your expert opinion. And pls explain why. Thanks.


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    Re: confused verb

    Quote Originally Posted by drifter View Post
    Hi David,

    I need your help again. Which of the following sentences is correct?

    My hobby is watching movies and sports games.
    My hobbies are watching movies and sports games.

    Someone answered it should be: My hobby are watching movies and watching sports. My question for that is, isn't it redundant to use the same verb "watching"? I need your expert opinion. And pls explain why. Thanks.
    You do not need the second watching - it is understood from the context of the plural "hobbies are".

    You do not need "sports" and "games".

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    Re: confused verb

    My hobbies are watching movies and sports.
    My hobbies are watching movies and watching sports.

    Couldn't the first sentence mean 'watching movies and participating in sports?

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    Re: confused verb

    In my opinion, if you want to be clear that it is watching the sports you enjoy, then I would keep it as a singular hobby:

    My hobby is watching movies and sports. Your hobby, simply stated, is watching, and what you watch are movies and sports.

    (The advice you got about "My hobby are" -- that was a typo, right? The person either said to say "My hobby is" or "My hobbies are" but not "My hobby are," I hope.)

    If you used the plural "hobbies," then without the second "watching" I might think you meant "doing" sports. I could read it as having the same meaning as "My hobbies are sports and watching movies."

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