Verbs used for sports

In English we use different verbs depending on the sports we are talking about.

We use three different verbs: play, go and do.

play football

Play Football

PLAY

We use "play" normally for organized team sports that commonly use a ball in their games.

 

play golf

Play golf

play rugby

Play rugby

 

 

We use "go" for sports that end in -ing

Exceptions: boxing, weight lifting

 

GO

 

play golf

Go cycling

play rugby

Play jogging

 

DO
We use "do" for martial arts (karate, judo) , fight sports (boxing, wrestling) and others such as yoga and weight lifting.

play golf

Do karate

play rugby

Do weight llifting