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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