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Sporting verbs

Do you know which verbs to use when talking about different sports?

A summer of sport has begun in the UK! The famous Wimbledon tennis championships are taking place in London while, elsewhere in the country, five historic cricket grounds are hosting the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup. On Friday, the World Para Athletics Championships begin at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and, later in the weekend, the 2017 Golf Open will start at the historic Royal Birkdale course.

Playing golf

Many famous sports were originally invented or developed in Britain from football, rugby and badminton to snooker, darts and table tennis. It is a nation of sports fans, who enjoy cheering on their favourite teams or spending time getting active with friends. We often talk about 'playing' sport, but this is not the only verb we use. Some activities use 'do' or 'go' instead. Do you know which ones?

Look at the rules below to fill in the gaps with the words 'do', 'go' or 'play'. Use the verbs in the correct form to complete the sentences.

  1. Meg and Sue ____ horse riding together every weekend.
  2. I remember that he often ____ rugby at university, but he doesn't anymore.
  3. Last year, I ____ aerobics twice a week, but now I do it three times!
  4. He said he's going to ____ golf with his dad on holiday.
  5. I love to ____ skiing at Christmas time, it's so festive!
  6. Every evening, they ____ yoga in their living room to help them relax.
  7. Basketball is her favourite hobby – she ____ it with her friends every Tuesday evening.
  8. To see the beautiful corals in the ocean, he ____ scuba diving with his wife last year in Australia.

Rules:

  • Use ‘play’ with a competitive game, such as those with teams, rules and tournaments e.g. football.
  • Use ‘go’ with activities that can be done alone and which use the gerund form of the verb (-ing) e.g. swimming.
  • Use ‘do’ with all other recreational sports and activities e.g. athletics.
Students playing table tennis at Bell Cambri

Answers

  1.  Meg and Sue go horse riding together every weekend.
  2. I remember that he often played rugby at university, but he doesn't anymore.
  3. Last year, I did aerobics twice a week, but now I do it three times!
  4. He said he's going to play golf with his dad on holiday.
  5. I love to go skiing at Christmas time, it's so festive!
  6. Every evening, they do yoga in their living room to help them relax.
  7. Basketball is her favourite hobby – she plays it with her friends every Tuesday evening.
  8. To see the beautiful corals in the ocean, he went scuba diving with his wife last year in Australia.

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