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    play/do sport?

    Please tell me any differences between play sport and do sport.
    Thanks so much in advance
    Last edited by linhtho0211; 18-Mar-2009 at 11:11.

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    Re: play/do sport?

    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    Please tell me any differences between play sport and do sport.
    Thanks so much in advance

    A native speaker always plays sport and never does it.

    I play golf.
    He plays football.
    She plays tennis.

    and so on.

    We sometimes use do for activites which are kind of sporting, but not really sports.

    I do a bit of running.
    She does a bit of jogging.
    He does some weight-lifting.

    I might be generalising a bit too much, but it seems we play when the sport involves opponents, whereas we do if it's just us.

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    Re: play/do sport?

    I don't have a big disagreement with what buggles said, but I would probably give more emphasis to "do" than buggles did.

    As many sports are not played, including competitive ones, people do say things like 'What sports do you do?'

    Of course many famous team sports are played.

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