Do, Go or Play

Vocabulary

Here’s a quick rule when talking about sports and physical activities.

Do

You need high levels of skill or special techniques.
It’s not really a team sport.
You can do it anywhere.

I used to do karate. I have never done boxing, kickboxing or wrestling. I was going to do aikido at university but the insurance was expensive.

Play

It’s a game.
You don’t punch or kick anybody.
You don’t have to go somewhere special to do it.

I broke my arm playing football at school. I hate playing rugby. I like playing basketball but I don’t play it often.

Go

You move from one place to another.
You need to go somewhere special to do it.

I like to go running. I used to go cycling a lot. I want to start going swimming again. I hate going bowling.