What time is that soccer game on? I thought it started at noon.
We must have had the wrong time. Oh, well … soccer’s not my favorite sport anyway. I much prefer basketball.
Oh, really? I thought your favorite sport was tennis! I’m a big fan of basketball, too.
How about a game sometime?
Sure thing! Why don’t we go shoot some hoops now since the soccer game isn’t on?
Excellent idea. Let’s go.
- 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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