bowling - match / game ?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by nurdug51, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. nurdug51 Senior Member

    We went bowling and I won all the ??? (matches - games - ??? )
  2. Old Novice

    Old Novice Senior Member

    USA, English
    I'd tend to say "games". In my youth, people refered to a complete game as a "line", because the score for the game was one line on the scoring sheet. I don't know if that term is still in use.
  3. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    Assuming that we're talking about what Americans call bowling (ten-pin bowling):
    I would call a single game a "game" when talking about the score - I scored 165 in that game . I use "lines" when I go to pay for the use of the bowling alley - two people played two games each so I pay for 4 lines.
    A "match" would be a series of games between opponents or teams - our team won the match 2 games to 1.

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