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English Grammar and Exercises for ESL learners.


PLAY - GO - DO


SPORTS and LEISURE ACTIVITIES
When speaking about sports and leisure activities,
the verbs play, go and do are used as shown in the table below.


Verb
Explanation
Sport/Activity
 PLAY Sports with teams, rules and competitions or tournaments.
  • Two people can play a game of tennis.
  • You need a team to play football.
  • Dad's gone to play golf.
 Badminton
 Basketball
 Football
 Golf
 Rugby
 Tennis ,
 etc
 GO The name of the activity is the gerund form of the verb (-ing).
  • To camp  →  go camping
    We often go camping in the summer.
  • To swim  →  go swimming
    Many children like to go swimming.

 Camping
 Dancing
 Hiking
 Horse-riding
 Sailing
 Swimming
 etc.

 DO All other recreational activities.
  • All classes do gymnastics at school.
  • Sophie does yoga with a group of friends.
  • No wonder he's fit. He does gymnastics every day.
 Aerobics
 Athletics
 Gymnastics
 Judo
 Karate
 Yoga
 etc.

EXCEPTIONS:
Unlike other activities ending in -ing, we use 'do' with boxing, body-building and weight-lifting.