Sport & Leisure Verbs – do/play/go

 In Grammar help, Quick tips

Talking about the sports and leisure activities that we enjoy is both a common and popular topic of native English conversations. Sometimes it is very easy for new learners to get confused over whether to use the verbs do/play/go when describing the sports that they enjoy the most, luckily we are here to help!

Below I will quickly and simply explain the differences between the three verbs so that you will be able to confidently tell your English speaking friends the sports that you enjoy:

do – use this in all other forms of sport and leisure activities.

  • do yoga every night
  • I used to do karate when I was younger

play – used to describe team sports that have rules, tournaments and competitions.

  • I like to play football.
  • I need to join a team to play in a baseball league.

go – use this when the sport or activity is in its gerund form. (A gerund is a noun made from a verb by adding “-ing. e.g. the verb ‘to swim’ = swimming)

  • I like to go running every night.
  • Children often like to go camping.

Still a little confused? Don’t worry, we’ve created a table for you below! Please remember, the tutors at Friendly Teachers are always happy to answer any questions you may have about this or any other area of English. All you need to do is leave a comment in the box below and someone will reply to you as soon as they can.

Thanks for reading!

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