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"Play sports" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "practicar deporte", and "do sports" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "hacer deporte". Learn more about the difference between "play sports" and "do sports" below.
play sports(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. practicar deporte
My sister loves playing sports, and tennis is her favorite.A mi hermana le encanta practicar deporte, y el tenis es su favorito.
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do sports
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. hacer deporte
Many children in this region work with their parents, and don't have time to do sports or play.Muchos niños de esta región trabajan con sus padres y no tienen tiempo para hacer deporte o jugar.
b. practicar deportes
When Eduardo is recovered, he will be able to do sports, work, and travel again.Cuando Eduardo se recupere, podrá praticar deportes, trabajar y viajar de nuevo.
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