I need to know if as a sportsman can say:

I am going to dope?

I need to know how (especially) the Americans use the verb dope.

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Your sentence is perfectly understandable. To my ear, the most natural use of the verb "to dope" is in the gerund form as in the following examples,

Mike, are you doping?

The goalie for the US women's hockey team was found guilty of doping.

You certainly can use I dope, you dope, he dopes etc. But it isn't as common in every day language.

In your context I would probably say,

Should I use steroids? [or whatever more specific drug to which you are referring]


I am going to use steroids.


An athlete, not a sportsman. Though technically synonymous, they're not, not really. Henry Higgins was a sportsman, according to Alfred Doolittle, anyway.

"I am going to dope?" may be wrong depending on the context. It is a question.

"Am I going to dope?" is correct but extremely awkward.

"Would I dope?" or "Should I dope?" (depending on the context) would be more in keeping with standard English.

  • Suppose I will have a match next week and I'm talking to one of my close friends; My body is not in its best conditions; I say to my friend: My body is depleted. I guess I can use some new hormones for the coming match. Then I continue in this way: "I am going to dope". How a native would say this sentence to avoid being awkward?
    – A-friend
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 15:40
  • @A-friend: "I should dope." I guess. Come to think of it, it's an awkward word to begin with, almost an obscenity, among athletes. "I'm going to use [nickname of the drug]" ... "I have no choice but to use [nickname of the drug]" ... "I'm going to pop a couple of [nickname of the drug]" ... etc. Over-the-counter pharmaceuticals used to be popular among hockey players at one point until some idiot suffered a heart attack. "I'll pop a couple of Sudafeds," they used to say. Then the League stepped in and kicked everybody's ass.
    – Ricky
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 15:51

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