Defense and offense vs. defending and offending

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jokaec, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. jokaec Senior Member

    Chinese - Hong Kong
    For playing basketball, can I say "she is good at defense or offense" or "she is good at defending or offending". Which one is correct? Thank you.
     
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    "Defense and offense" sound normal. "Defending" is okay but "offending" is weird. Don't ask my why, but that's the way it is.:rolleyes:
     
  3. pob14 Senior Member

    Central Illinois
    American English
    "Offending" sounds like the player is calling her opponents nasty names, or that she smells bad. :D

    To me, "she is good at defending" sounds like it needs something more - "she is good at defending three-point shots," or something.
     
  4. jokaec Senior Member

    Chinese - Hong Kong
    Thank you both.
    Which one is better to be used for basketball, "offense" or "attacking". Can I say "she is good at attacking?"?
     
  5. pob14 Senior Member

    Central Illinois
    American English
    I've heard "attacking" in hockey and soccer, but never in basketball (except in the limited phrase "attacking the basket").
     

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