Defense and offense vs. defending and offending

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.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    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:
     

    pob14

    Senior Member
    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.
     

    jokaec

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