Everyday English Conversations Practice : Lesson 23 – What’s Your Favorite Sport?

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PHIL:

What time is that soccer game on? I thought it started at noon.

 

JACK:

We must have had the wrong time. Oh, well … soccer’s not my favorite sport anyway. I much prefer basketball.

 

PHIL:

Oh, really? I thought your favorite sport was tennis! I’m a big fan of basketball, too.

 

JACK:

How about a game sometime?

 

PHIL:

Sure thing! Why don’t we go shoot some hoops now since the soccer game isn’t on?

 

JACK:

Excellent idea. Let’s go.

 

LANGUAGE NOTES

  • What time is that soccer game on? means “When does the soccer game start?”
    “What time” plus something plus “on” is a common expression used to ask about the
    start time of a TV show or a movie.
  •  I much prefer basketball here means “I like basketball a lot more than soccer.” Notice
    how “much” is stressed to show that the speaker really likes basketball.
  • Oh, really? Notice the rising intonation on “really.” This shows that the speaker is
    surprised. He thought that Jack liked tennis the best.
  • I’m a big fan of basketball is a way of saying “I like basketball very much” (“to be a
    fan of” is a casual expression used to describe something you really like).
  • How about a game here means “Let’s play a basketball game.”
  • Sure thing! This is a casual expression used to mean “OK.”
  •  Shoot some hoops means to play an informal game of basketball. This is a casual
    expression used between friends.

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