Do, Play or Go with Various Sports

Do is used for a recreational activity or a non-team sport that does not use a ball:

All classes do gymnastics at school.

Sophie does yoga with a group of friends.


Play is used with ball sports or competitive games where we play against another person:
Two people can play a game of tennis.

You need a team to play football.


Go is used with activities that end -ing. We go somewhere to do something:
To camp → go camping

We often go camping in the summer.
To swim → go swimming
Many children like to go swimming.

In British English, you can "do sport". In American English you can "play sports".
A typical mistake Spanish speakers make is using the verb practise for sports:
I love practising sport. This should be: I love sport.
I usually practise sport every evening. This should be: I usually do sport every evening.
However, in American English you can use the verb practise or practice (as it is spelt there) to mean "to train": The team is practicing for tomorrow's competition.

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