Grammar: verbs used to talk about sports

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


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




play golf

Go cycling

play rugby

Play jogging


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