How to Use DO, GO and PLAY with Sports and Activities

We usually use the three verbs play, do and go with sports and activities. This lesson will show you how to use them correctly...


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We usually use the three verbs play, do and go with sports and activities. This lesson will show you how to use them correctly.

Verb Collocations in English – Video

DO

Do is generally used for different kinds of exercise to strengthen your body

  • Do aerobics
  • Do exercise
  • Do push-ups
  • Do sit-ups
  • Do yoga
  • Do a warm-up

Example:

  • “I start doing yoga after work from now on.”
  • “My father often gets up early to do exercise.”

GO

Go is used for activities that you can do alone or with others. It is also used with activities that end -ing. We go somewhere to do something:

  • Go bowling
  • Go camping
  • Go cycling
  • Go dancing
  • Go fishing
  • Go golfing
  • Go hiking
  • Go ice-skating
  • Go running
  • Go scuba diving
  • Go snow boarding
  • Go surfing
  • Go swimming

Example:

  • ‘I’m going fishing on Sunday.’
  • ‘Are you going skiing this winter?’
  • ‘She said she was going swimming.’

PLAY

We use Play for ball sports or competitive team sports.

  • Play badminton
  • Play baseball
  • Play basketball
  • Play football
  • Play hockey
  • Play ping pong
  • Play soccer
  • Play squash
  • Play tennis
  • Play volleyball

Example:

  • “How often do you play tennis?” – Tennis is a ball sport.
  • “We will have a soccer match this weekend” – Soccer is a competitive game. We play to win.

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