a game of hopscotch

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NickJunior

Senior Member
Khmer
Hello,

Which one below sounds naturally English?

1) I played hopscotch with him.

2) I played a game of hopscotch with him.

3) I played the hopscotch game with him.

4) I played the hopscotch with him.

Thanks.
 
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    1) and 2) sound fine to me. 3) and 4) don't. Actually, I can see using 3) if you are speaking to a person who has never heard of the game "hopscotch" and you wanted to be clear that you were giving the name of a game.
     

    camaysar

    Senior Member
    usa
    usa, english
    1) and 2) sound fine to me. 3) and 4) don't. Actually, I can see using 3) if you are speaking to a person who has never heard of the game "hopscotch" and you wanted to be clear that you were giving the name of a game.
    I'd make a minor revision here, if the person had never heard of it: "I played the game called (known as) 'hopscotch' with him."
     

    NickJunior

    Senior Member
    Khmer
    1) and 2) sound fine to me. 3) and 4) don't. Actually, I can see using 3) if you are speaking to a person who has never heard of the game "hopscotch" and you wanted to be clear that you were giving the name of a game.

    Thank you so much, JamesM and Camaysar. Your elaborations help clear my confusion.
     
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