Welcome to 15mins.today the home of English Shadowing. I'm your host Gavin and this is InTense Episode 39. Well guys, we are continuing with our definite article “the” or rather when not to use it, and today we're going to be looking at the following category, which is sports. When we talk about a sport that we play, we do not put “the” in front of it as in, “I like to play baseball. I like to watch cricket.” Well that's as simple as it is, do not put it there in front of the sport that you watch or play or enjoy or dislike. So let's get started with our examples!
Does Jane enjoy football? Yes, she enjoys football.
Does Jane enjoy football? No, she does not enjoy football. ]
Do you like softball? Yes, I like softball.
Do you like softball? No, I don't like softball.
Do Peter and John enjoy ice hockey? Yes, they enjoy ice hockey.
Do Peter and John enjoy ice hockey? No, they do not enjoy ice hockey.
Does Mary play baseball? Yes, she plays baseball.
Does Mary play baseball? No, she does not play baseball.
Is cricket popular in Taiwan? Yes, cricket is popular in Taiwan.
Is cricket popular in Taiwan? No, cricket is not popular in Taiwan.
Do you like golf? Yes, I like golf.
Do you like golf? No, I do not like golf.
What is the national sport of Taiwan? The national sport of Taiwan is baseball.
Is soccer a great spectator sport? Yes, soccer is a great spectator sport.
Is soccer a great spectator sport? No, soccer is not a great spectator sport.
Is baseball an Olympic sport? Yes, baseball is an Olympic sport.
Is baseball an Olympic sport? No, baseball is not an Olympic sport.
What is your favorite sport? My favorite sport is basketball.
Well there you go guys, keep practicing the questions and remember no “the” in front of a sport, take care, bye!