jump rope or jump a rope

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Senior Member
Chinese - China
Tom is kicking a ball. Jack is climbing a tree. And Mary is jumping rope.

Can we also say ‘Mary is jumping a rope’?

  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    If we were simply combining unrelated words into a sentence, "jumping a rope" would be correct. However, the game "jump rope" and the related phrase "jumping rope" are standard ways to describe this activity. We can't change them.
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