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Collocations about Sports
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 tournamen
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 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).
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