0 in table tennis

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Dunno123, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. Dunno123 Senior Member

    Slovak
    Hello. Please, could you tell me what's the most common way of reading the "0" in table tennis scores in British English?

    Let's say you are playing a game with your friend and you are leading. The score is 3:0. What will you say?

    1) Three nought for me
    2) Three nil for me
    3) Three love for me (as in regular tennis)
    4) ?

    Is there a difference when this is said at a championship rather than between friends when you just play for fun?

    Thank you in advance for your answers.
     
  2. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    "Three love to me."
     
  3. Dunno123 Senior Member

    Slovak
    Thank you for your answer. Is this the only way or the most common one? Would you never use the other ones?
     
  4. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    It's the only way.

    We would never say 'Three nil/love for me' And 'nil' is used in other sports, like football/soccer, but never in tennis or table tennis.

    As far as I know, 'nought' isn't used in any sports.
     
  5. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    It's used in cricket. "Alastair Cook is nought not out."
     
  6. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs.
     
  7. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
  8. Stoggler

    Stoggler Senior Member

    Sussex, GBR
    UK English
    Soon to be out for nought...

    I believe that zero is also used in some sports, especially in American English, although I can't say if it's used in table tennis.
     

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