Sports: go X do X play

As we’re now in the middle of the London Olympics I thought it might be nice to take a look at verbs we commonly use to describe sports practise. Let’s go through them:

Go + sport + ing [gerund] (implies movement or the feeling that you have to go somewhere to do it):  go cycling, go skiing, go swimming.                                                      

Do + sport (when the sport is more of a physical activity or even recreational games):      do yoga, do gymnastics, do body-building, do crossword puzzles.                                          

Play + sport (implies sense of competition and involves a ball or some object like puck, birdie, disc, etc.): play tennis, play soccer/football, play basketball, play rugby. 

How about some practice? Decide between do, go or play. You may need to conjugate some verbs or put them in infinitive or gerund form.

He used to _____ jogging every day when he was at university.
I love _____ a good game of chess from time to time.
She _____ gymnastics for over five years now.
This summer we _____ windsurfing every day on our vacation.
He’s quite the athlete. He _____ basketball, baseball and hockey, too.
My wife _____ horse riding twice a week.
Why don’t we _____ a set of tennis?
Some people think that _____ aerobics four times a week is the best possible way of keeping fit.
His idea of the perfect summer holiday is to rent a sailboat and _____ sailing between the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
He _____ athletics for his local track club.                                                                      (Exercise from About ESL by Kenneth Beare). 

Check the answers in the comments’ form below and tell me if you got them right!

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Estamos na metade das Olimpíadas e pensei que seria legal dar uma olhada em verbos que geralmente usamos para descrever a prática de esportes e demais atividades. São eles:

Go + sport + ing [gerúndio] (para esportes que implicam movimento ou a noção de que é preciso ir a algum lugar para praticá-los):  go cycling, go skiing, go swimming.      

Do + sport (quando o esporte é mais uma atividade física ou mesmo uma recreação):      do yoga, do gymnastics, do body-building, do crossword puzzles. 

Play + sport   (para esportes que envolvem competição ou o uso de bola ou objetos como raquete, disco, etc.): play tennis, play soccer/football, play basketball, play rugby. 

Que tal praticar um pouco? Complete com do, go ou play. Em algumas lacunas o verbo deve ser conjugado, flexionado no gerúndio ou simplesmente colocado no infinitivo.

He used to _____ jogging every day when he was at university.
I love _____ a good game of chess from time to time.
She _____ gymnastics for over five years now.
This summer we _____ windsurfing every day on our vacation.
He’s quite the athlete. He _____ basketball, baseball and hockey, too.
My wife _____ horse riding twice a week.
Why don’t we _____ a set of tennis?
Some people think that _____ aerobics four times a week is the best possible way of keeping fit.
His idea of the perfect summer holiday is to rent a sailboat and _____ sailing between the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
He _____ athletics for his local track club.                                                                   (Atividade desenvolvida por About ESL / Kenneth Beare). 

Veja as respostas no espaço de comentários abaixo e aproveite para me dizer quantas você acertou e quais foram as mais difíceis🙂

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One Response to Sports: go X do X play

  1. Here are the answers to the previous quiz:

    He used to go jogging every day when he was at university.
    I love playing a good game of chess from time to time.
    She has been doing gymnastics for over five years now.
    This summer we are going to go windsurfing every day on our vacation.
    He’s quite the athlete. He plays basketball, baseball and hockey, too.
    My wife goes horse riding twice a week.
    Why don’t we play a set of tennis?
    Some people think that doing aerobics four times a week is the best possible way of keeping fit.
    His idea of the perfect summer holiday is to rent a sailboat and go sailing between the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
    He does athletics for his local track club.

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