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Sports
  • The first important collocation involving sports is when to use the verbs play, do, and go. We typically use play for team sports – you play soccer, play basketball, play tennis, play baseball, and play golf.
  • The verb do is used for more individual sports – you do yoga, do gymnastics, do martial arts, and do aerobics. Also, in more general terms, you do exercise. Another common individual exercise is to lift weights.
  • The verb go is used with most activities that end in –ing: you go swimming, go biking, go surfing, go rock climbing, go bowling, and go fishing.
  • With the team sports, we can use the word game or match: a soccer game, a basketball game, a tennis match, etc. You can win the game, lose the game, or tie the game – that’s when the final score is 1-1 or 2-2, for example.
  • A team can play a home game – when they play in their own stadium or field – or an away game – when they play at the opposing team’s stadium or field. When there are many teams that are playing many games to see which one is the best, we call this a tournament.
  • When one team is winning in the middle of the game – for example, 3-1 – we say that team has the lead. However, the other team can make a comeback – score points from a losing position – and take the lead, 4-3.
  • With the sports that use “do” and “go,” we typically use the word competition – a gymnastics competition, a martial arts competition, a surfing competition, an ice-skating competition, etc. The exception is sports where you go from one place to another – like running, biking, and swimming – in that case, we often call the event a race.
  • Athletes can enter a competition and try to win first place. Some athletes try to enhance their performance with illegal substances such as steroids. But if they fail a drug test, they’ll be disqualified from participating.
  • If the athlete is performing well, they may achieve a personal best – and if they perform better than ANYONE ever has in the past, then they could even break the world record or set a new world record. If they get injured, however, they might have to withdraw from the competition (voluntarily leave the competition)
Useful Collocations

home game: play in their own stadium or field
away game: play at the opposing team’s stadium or field
has the lead: winning in the middle of the game
make a comeback : score points from a losing position
take the lead: Be leading again
fail a drug test: be disqualified from participating
achieve a personal best : performing well
break the world record / set a new world record: perform better than ANYONE ever has in the past
withdraw from the competition: voluntarily leave the competition
race : go from one place to another
steroids: illegal substances taken by some athletes
play : soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball, golf
do: yoga, gymnastics, martial arts, aerobics, exercise, lift weights
go : swimming, biking, surfing, rock climbing, bowling, fishing
win : the game
lose : the game
tie the game : when the final score is equal

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