Which verb should I use for sports if I want to mean all type of sport ( winter sport, summer sport, car races, footbal...etc) In the next sentence

He is practicing sports all the day, run, football, killing zombies...etc

Which verb is instead of practicing? Playing? Doing?

Thanks in advance

  • Note that verbs that collocate with sport(s) need not collocate with an instance of it (such as football), and some sports aren't used with another verb at all. Practicing doesn't work in this context, though.
    – user3395
    Jul 11 '17 at 13:28
  • We would not use the present progressive here. Instead, use the simple present: "He practices sports..." or "He plays [at] sports..." Jul 11 '17 at 18:11

When I have doubts about which word fits better in a phrase I look at a Concordancer. If you want to know more about it.

I searched for:

  1. "play sports" - 302 examples
  2. "do sports" - 36 examples
  3. "practice sports" - 3 examples

Based on that, I'd go with "Playing sports".

This is the concordancer I used: Corpus of Contemporary American English

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