Sports and the verbs ‘play’ ‘go’ and ‘do’: Learn English with Simple English Videos


What do you want to do this weekend?
We could go to the gym and do some weight lifting.
Urgh! That’s too energetic. Or we could play some golf.
No, let’s go bowling. Bowling? Yeah.
But you always win. That’s why I like it. We use these verbs to talk about sports in
English. So we do weight lifting. We play golf. And we go bowling.
I play golf. In this video you’ll learn which verbs we
use with which sports. And you’ll learn the names of lots of sports. Let’s start with
the verb ‘play’. In America, we play football.
That’s American football, Jay. The rest of the world plays football like this.
No, we call that soccer. In British English it’s football. But the ball’s the wrong shape
for football. If it’s a sport with a ball, we generally
play it. There are exceptions, like we go bowling. But usually we play ball sports.
So we play cricket. We play tennis. And we play snooker and pool.
We often use ‘play’ where there’s a competition, so someone wins or loses.
And of course we can play other games like cards and chess.
So we play darts, and we play scrabble. OK, let’s move on to the verb ‘go’.
Oooo. What’s the matter? I went jogging this morning and I hurt my back. You poor thing!
Notice Jay said ‘went jogging’. ‘Went’ is the past tense of ‘go’ and ‘jogging’ is a
gerund – a noun made from a verb by adding ‘-ing’.
There are lots of sports that follow this pattern, and they’re generally activities
that we don’t do at home. We go out to another place to do them.
So we go swimming, we go fishing, we go skiing, we go surfing and we go skateboarding.
I’m playing golf tonight. I love golf. What’s your favorite sport, Vicki?
Gymnastics. But you don’t do gymnastics.
No, I just like watching it on TV. So do I. Our last verb is ‘do’ and we use it with newer
more modern sports. We ‘practice’ or ‘do’ them.
So we do yoga, do aerobics, do pilates, do judo and do kendo and other martial arts.
We also use ‘do’ to talk about specific exercises. So we do squats and we do leg lifts.
I do this exercise to build my chest and arm muscles OK, now it’s your turn. You’re going to see some different sports, games and exercises.
Can you say which verb we use with them? Did you get them all? Let’s review.
Go horse riding. Play basketball. Do push ups Go sailing. Play baseball. Go cycling. Do parkour. Play rugby. Go paragliding.
Play shuffleboard. Do karate. Go rafting. Go rock climbing.
Play volleyball. Go ballooning. Do tai chi. Play rock paper scissors.
So are we playing golf or are we going bowling? We’re going bowling. Hmmm.
I know. We’ll play rock paper scissors and the winner chooses.
So if I win, we’ll play golf. And if I win, we’ll go bowling. Ready? Yeah.
Rock, paper, scissors. Ha, ha! Go and find your bowling shoes. Humph.

33 thoughts on “Sports and the verbs ‘play’ ‘go’ and ‘do’: Learn English with Simple English Videos

  • February 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm
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    Great video as usual! Both informative and exciting!! Thank you, Vicky!

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  • February 9, 2016 at 11:21 pm
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    If I am in the bowling place now and someone asks, what are you doing? should I say "I am going bowling now"? or should I say I am playing bowling? they just don't seem to be correct so I am confused.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 11:48 pm
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    Vicki and Jay – great video as always and what a top idea to have the mini quiz within the video. Bravissimi!

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  • February 9, 2016 at 11:55 pm
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    great one! so informative .
    I love you Vicky and all of your videos . you are so much fun!

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  • February 10, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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    thank you so much, peace and love from Egypt

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  • February 11, 2016 at 7:40 am
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    Another winner! Well done you two.

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  • February 14, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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    thanks it was very very helpful

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  • March 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm
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    You are very nice! Your lessons are wonderful! Thank you very much for your useful work!!!

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  • March 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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    amazing video…Thanks for helping.

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  • May 31, 2016 at 3:37 am
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    I am very newbie I want to learn English Language ( : Thank you, you are easy and useful

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  • October 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    awesome and amazing 🍀👋✌👍😊

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  • October 29, 2016 at 4:59 pm
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    my pleasure. .have a happy nice and wonderful times for you my dear teacher! ✌👋🌹👍😊🌟💚💙💜❤

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  • December 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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    Helllo I am Spanish and It helped me a lot Thanks

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  • February 23, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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    Thanks a lot! I recommend your lessons to my students.

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  • July 18, 2017 at 11:47 pm
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    Thank you so much 😊

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  • September 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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    You are so lovely, energetic and natural. Well done!

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  • January 28, 2018 at 11:30 pm
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    Useful as always!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:36 pm
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    What is Rachel doing here? It was a nice a surprise! 🙂

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  • March 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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    Thank you for the lesson. I'd like to go biking this afternoon.

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  • March 12, 2018 at 6:18 pm
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    good good

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  • May 23, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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    Thank you for the lessons!

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  • October 11, 2018 at 6:07 am
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    I do yoga during the pregnancy.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 2:52 pm
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    You are fantastic , I learned English with you , I'm bolivian 😄😄😄💚💚💚💚💞💟

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  • October 24, 2018 at 4:19 am
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    I didn’t know parkour was thing, I’ve done Minecraft parkour or ROBLOX parkour with my friend Crystal

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  • October 24, 2018 at 4:24 am
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    An example of using these is: I am going to play Minecraft to do parkour.

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  • November 9, 2018 at 11:33 pm
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    thank you very much it was very wonderful lesson

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  • December 12, 2018 at 8:49 pm
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    Perfect pronunciation!!!!!

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  • January 5, 2019 at 4:46 am
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    Hi Vicki and Jay, is the word " poor thing " not rude in english language? In my language it is very rude.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 9:42 pm
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    Thank you so much all your very useful

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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    aerobics ? con play o con do

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  • August 8, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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    I will use it for my english class here in Chile!

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  • August 19, 2019 at 11:10 am
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    Woooowww thank you all very muchh , i leart about verbs and sport very clearlly and i will always chose the right verb with the right sport and this because of you 💙💙💙

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  • September 2, 2019 at 4:19 am
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    I am a new subscriber
    and I can’t stop watching your videos since yesterday☺️👍🏼. I really appreciate you. Thanks a million. From Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

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