How to Talk About Sports in English

If you love sport, then you will want to practice talking about it as you learn English. The most common words we use to talk about sport in English are ‘play’, ‘go’ and ‘do’. But, learning which of these verbs to use with the correct sporting activity can be a little confusing!

Here are some simple tips to help you remember…



Use ‘play’ with any sport you would play as a team or any sport that requires an object, (such as a ball or bat) to play with.

Here are a few examples of sporting activities you would PLAY:

Football, cricket, tennis, golf, basketball, rugby, badminton and hockey.

Here is an example sentence to practice:

“I play football every week at my school”.



You should use the word ‘go’ with any sport ending in ing.

For example: Cycling, dancing, swimming, running, skiing and snowboarding.

Here is an example sentence to practice:

“I go running every evening, around my local park”.



Lastly you should use ‘do’ for any sport that you do individually and not in a team.

For example:  yoga, karate, exercise, aerobics or athletics.

Here is an example sentence to practice:

“I do yoga classes. It helps me to relax”.

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