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Verbs and Phrasal Verbs About Sport
Many verbs have different meanings, however this section deals with verbs and phrasal verbs connected with sport. An example is provided only where the verb is commonly used in everyday conversation.
One irregular verb in bold is shown in all its forms.
|The Verb (infinitive form)||The Meaning||An example
( Simple Past Tense)
|To bowl||To throw a ball.||He bowled ten fast balls.||Regular|
|To catch||To grab hold of something, especially something that is moving through the air.||Luckily he caught the ball before it crossed the line.||Irregular|
|To cheat||To break the rules in order to win.
||He cheated by taking steroids.||Regular|
|To compete||To take part in a race or competition.||She has competed in all the London marathons.||Regular|
|To dribble||To move a ball along the ground with repeated small kicks or hits.||She dribbled the ball into the goal.||Regular|
|To draw||To equal the score in a contest sport.||They tied 1:1.||Irregular|
|To head||To hit a ball with your head.
||Owen headed the ball into the back of the net.||Regular|
|To hit||To swing your hand or an object onto something so that it touches it, usually with force.||He hit the ball over the wall.||Irregular|
|To jog||To move along at a slow, steady, jolting pace as a form of exercise.||He jogs to work every morning.||Regular|
|To lose||To fail to win a game.
||They have lost every match this season.||Irregular|
|To play||To take active part in a game or sport.||He couldn't play because of an injury.||Regular|
|To race||To attempt to be first.||Michael Schumaker had been racing for many years before he retired.||Regular|
|To sit on a horse or a bicycle and travel along on it controlling its movements.||She rode very well.||Irregular|
|To run||To move along alot faster than walking.||They ran together for a mile.||Irregular|
|To score||To obtain a point, goal etc. in a competitive activity.||When he scored the crowd went wild.||Regular|
|To skate||To move, or make a particular movement on a surface, using skates,||They skated past the finish line.||Regular|
|To ski||To move over snow on skis.
||She was only happy when she was skiing.||Regular|
|To sprint||To run as fast as you can over a short distance.||He sprinted over the finish line.||Regular|
|To swim||To move through water by moving the body or parts of the body,||He swam as fast as he could.||Irregular|
|To tackle||To try to take the ball from a player in the other team.||He was booked when he tackled the goal keeper.||Regular|
|To tie||To equal the score in a contest sport.||They tied 1:1.||Regular|
|To finish in first place in a race.||They won the match 3 nil.||Irregular|
|The Phrasal Verb||The Meaning||An example
( Simple Past Tense)
|To knock out||To hit someone so hard they become unconscious.
||He was knocked out in the first round.||
|To take part||To be involved in an activity with other people.||She enjoyed taking part in the sports day.||