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Mistakes made in English with verbs DO, GO, PLAY while talking about Sports

Hello English learners, welcome back to your favourite English learning Channel ‘Let’s Talk’. Well it’s sports time, we all love our favourite sports and love to talk about it. But, do you use the correct English verbs while talking bout sports? There is always a confusion while using verbs such as Do, Go and Play. In this English speaking practice lesson you will learn about the Mistakes made in English with common English verbs. Although this is not an English grammar lesson, We hope you would find this English Grammar usage lesson helpful and clear your doubts and speak correct English with right usage of English tenses and verbs while talking about sports in general.

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Complete Lesson Transcript :-

Hello friends, welcome back to a new lesson, I am Niharika and in today’s lesson we are gonna look at the verbs that we use when we talk about sports in English. Now we often talk about sports because many people love sports. They love watching sports on the TV but then how do we talk about sports in English is what we are gonna look at today, because many people make a very common mistake by using wrong verbs when they are talking about different sports activities. So we are gonna look at the three verbs that we use in English to talk about sports which are, “Go”, “Play” and “Do” so now let’s have a look at the verb “Go” for what kind of activities do we use this verb it’s what we’re gonna understand. Well the verb goal is used for the sports that end in the gerund form. Which means we use the verb go when we are talking about the sports that end in ing form. So we have few examples that have been listed here. Just before we go through these examples I would also like you to make a note that we do not use the word “To” in between the verb “Go” and the activity. Okay? So if you say that, I go to jogging then that is incorrect. So you would never use the word to in between “Go” and the activity and now let’s have a look at the examples and let’s see how we can use the verb “Go”. I go jogging every morning. I go swimming on the weekends. I go fishing with my grandfather once in a month. I love to go skiing in winters and I love to go cycling. Okay, so these are a few examples few sports activities that end in the ing form that’s the gerund. Now you can also use the verb forms of these activities so for example if you have to say that I love to jog then that is correct. Okay? I love to swim. I love to go fishing, skiing, cycling… Okay, so you can either use the verb form of the activity or you can use the verb “Go” with the activities that end in the ing form. Okay? Now there are a couple of exceptions. Well yes, when it comes to learning English language we always have certain exceptions. Now with this we have certain activities that end in the gerund form that end in ing which are boxing and weight training now when we talk about these activities in English we do not use the verb “Go” I mean though they end in ing but using the verb “Go” when we are talking about this would be absolutely incorrect. So you would just say that, I love boxing or my son is taking boxing classes. Okay? So you’re not gonna use the verb “Go”, alright? So now let’s move on to the verb “Play” when do we use the verb “Play”? When we talk about certain activities. Well, when a sports activity is played in a team, okay? So played as a team and as well as a ball or equipment is used to play that activity, then you would end up using the verb “Play” when you’re talking about these activities. Let’s have a look at these examples that have been listed here, well I play cricket with my friends. Now cricket is a game of course cannot be played by yourself it has to be played in a team, so therefore you would use the verb play then we also have examples like badminton, again when you are playing badminton you need a partner. If you’re playing doubles then it has to be played by four players and of course you don’t use a ball when you play badminton but you do use a shuttlecock so therefore you will use the verb play when you are talking about playing badminton, basketball, football and baseball. So if you have to put these activities or use or talk about these activities in your sentences you would say that, I play cricket with my friends. I love playing badminton. I played basketball when I was in high school. My son plays football every evening and I love playing baseball, okay? So that’s how you would use the verb play when you are talking about an activity, when you are talking about sports that is played in a team by using a ball or some kind of an equipment, okay? Let’s move on to the verb “Do”. So when do we use the verb “Do” what kind of activities can we talk about using the verb “Do”. Well activity an activity that you do by yourself. You don’t need a team you don’t need partners you do it by yourself you would end up using the verb “Do”. As well as no ball or no equipment is required, okay? So let’s have a look at these examples listed, we have yoga. So Ryna “Plays” I’m sorry Ryna does yoga and that’s exactly the reason why she looks so fit and great, okay? So because she does yoga, that is why she is so fit. So now when you do yoga you do it by yourself you don’t need a team, you don’t need any kind of equipment or a ball to do yoga, right? So when you do that you would end up using the verb “Do”, okay? Then we have aerobics, well to stay fit I “Do” aerobics on the weekends. Gymnastics, well my daughter used to “Go” swimming but now she “Does” gymnastics, okay? So we used both the verbs here I spoke, I talked about swimming and I also talked about gymnastics. So she used to “Go” swimming but now she “Does” gymnastics, okay? And then we have karate, I “Do” karate and we also have exercise when you are just having a conversation about what kind of exercises you do then you can just say that I “Do” exercise every morning for 30 minutes, okay? So this is the way you would use these three verbs when you are talking about sports in English. So let’s just quickly revise it, we have the verb “Go” we will use the verb “Go” to talk about the activities that end in the ing form, okay? Then we have the verb “Play” we use the verb play when we talk about activities that are played in a team and as well as a ball or equipment is used. And then the last one that we have is the verb “Do” so we use the verb “Do” when you do it, when you do that activity by yourself and no ball or no equipment is required, okay? So just remember these simple rules and trust me you will be just perfect when you are talking about sports with your friends and family. And I’ll be back with a new lesson soon till then, you take care and have a great day.

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